The UN Security Council has approved new sanctions against Iran over its suspect nuclear program. Every country will now have the right to search Iranian ships.
The UN Security Council has voted in favor of fourth round of tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. Annexed to the draft resolution is a list of 40 companies to be added to an existing U.N. blacklist of firms whose assets around the world are to be frozen on suspicion of aiding Iran's nuclear or missile programs. The new blacklist includes only one individual, Javad Rahiqi, head of an Iranian nuclear center where uranium is processed. His assets will also be blocked and he will face an international travel ban.


The council voted 12 to two, with one abstention, in favor of a fourth round of sanctions, including tighter finance curbs and an expanded arms embargo. Brazil and Turkey voted against the new resolution, while Lebanon abstained. The sanctions draft was jointly prepared by the US, Britian and France while China and Russia also backed the draft imposing tougher sanctions.
Iranian President Ahmadinejad has angrily warned that negotiations with the world powers on Iran’s nuclear program would be terminated if the sanctions were passed. The first two Iran sanctions resolutions, adopted in 2006 and 2007, passed unanimously.