The Security Council
Iran nuclear issue
- On 16 January 2016, the IAEA reported that Iran has taken a series of initial nuclear-related measures called for by resolution 2231 (2015).
- Accordingly, the provisions of previous resolutions on the Iran nuclear issue have been terminated.
- All States shall now comply with all provisions of resolution 2231 (2015).
Under the Charter, the Security Council has primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. It has 15 Members, and each Member has one vote. Under the Charter, all Member States are obligated to comply with Council decisions.
The Security Council takes the lead in determining the existence of a threat to the peace or act of aggression. It calls upon the parties to a dispute to settle it by peaceful means and recommends methods of adjustment or terms of settlement. In some cases, the Security Council can resort to imposing sanctions or even authorize the use of force to maintain or restore international peace and security.
The Security Council also recommends to the General Assembly the appointment of the Secretary-General and the admission of new Members to the United Nations. And, together with the General Assembly, it elects the judges of the International Court of Justice.
28 June 2016 The United Nations Security Council has condemned “in the strongest terms” three consecutive terrorist attacks that occurred yesterday in the northern town of Qaa, which resulted in a number of deaths and injuries.
FEATURE: Ahead of Security Council elections, General Assembly President explains how a country can get a non-permanent seat
27 June 2016 At the United Nations General Assembly tomorrow morning – and for the first time in June, as part of revitalization efforts in the Assembly – elections will be held to fill five non-permanent seats on the Security Council.