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    US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran

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    The United States has imposed sanctions on five Iranian nuclear experts and seven companies for helping Iran move closer towards enriching uranium -- essential for building a nuclear bomb.

    The new sanctions freeze the U.S. assets of those named and forbids any U.S. citizen or body from doing business with the 12.

    Iran has refused U.N. and Western demands that it give up its nuclear program, which Washington says is aimed at building a bomb.  Iran insists its nuclear activities are strictly for peaceful purposes

    U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland says because of Iran's continued intransigence on its nuclear program, it is essential to restrain Iranian violations.

    Meanwhile, a team of United Nations nuclear inspectors is in Tehran seeking to convince Iran to resume nuclear talks.

    Chief inspector Herman Nackaerts said the focus of the visit is to resolve outstanding issues related to Iran's possible development of nuclear weapons.

    The U.N. nuclear agency wants Iran to grant inspectors access to the Parchin military installation southwest of Tehran, which the West suspects is related to possible nuclear weapons development.  Iran says Parchin is a conventional military site.

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    by: Adele from: here
    December 14, 2012 1:56 AM
    Keep on sanctioning Iranuntil hell freezes over! Stupid, ignorant foreign policy advisors to Obama are desparate. Kick out Israeli lobbies and U.S. will come to its senses by pursusing American national interests in this matter rather than Israel's.

    by: Sunny Enwerem
    December 14, 2012 1:04 AM
    Sanction is coming really late,so why were this people not sanctioned way way back?
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    by: UnCoverUp from: Bush Library
    December 14, 2012 10:20 AM
    Sunny, the answer since the 1979 Iranian Revolution has been: US-incorporated international oil company (IOC) interests in exploiting Iran's oil and gas . As discussed at http://Iran-Conoco-Affair.US, although the US Congress has had sanctions since the '80's, politically connected IOCs have benefited from the selective non-prosecution by executive branch law enforcement agencies that are responsible for investigating and enforcing US law (FBI, DoJ, DoT, SEC...). The Libyan "situation" can also be traced to deals-gone-bad between IOC executives such as ConocoPhillips' ex-Chairman James J. Mulva and the Libyan dictator Gaddafi as publically exposed in "ConocoPhillips Shareholder Proposal -- 2012" available at http://UnCoverUp.net.

    by: Rudy K from: Melbourne, Australia
    December 13, 2012 9:41 PM
    The blase world desperately needs a kick in the pants. The creation or proliferation of nuclear weapons by penny-anti tyrant states/dictatorships like Iran (and North Korea) presents one of the greatest dangers that mankind has ever faced. Such states are also unstable because they need to use terror and murder to rule over their hapless subjects. If they are allowed to continue unchecked, nuclear weapons will eventually be used, to the detriment of the whole world. Stop them now or suffer the consequences!

    by: Pepe Pinguita from: Chicago
    December 13, 2012 9:10 PM
    Grow up: these "sanctions" are about as effective as slapping them on the wrist.

    by: Nate from: US
    December 13, 2012 8:14 PM
    Iran has followed every obligation it is supposed to. The IAEA continually observes activity at Iran's nuclear facilities, and Iran agreed to send some of its uranium through Brazil and Turkey.

    Russia, China and over 100 countries (NAM) have no problem with Iran's nuclear energy program. It's only the west and Saudis that have an issue.

    Fairness is what's needed. Germany has caused 2 world wars and has nuclear power. Israel practices apartheid and starts wars in their sleep, yet they have nukes. Japan attacked the US and slaughtered thousands of Chinese, yet they have nuclear power. When was the last time Iran attacked another country?

    by: Sam from: USA
    December 13, 2012 7:57 PM
    Why doesn't the article list the companies and individuals?

    by: Amin from: Texas
    December 13, 2012 4:01 PM
    I suspect nothing will come out of this meeting. The P5+1 negotiations should preceed any IAEA meeting. Till sanctions are lifted, Iran is unlikely to agree to any additional protocols.
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    by: Red from: USA
    December 13, 2012 11:07 PM
    Of course nothing will come of it. But it has nothing to do with lifting sanctions. Regardless of the political climate, Iran will continue to stall until they have a nuclear weapon. Since Pakistan and N.Korea suffered no serious consequences, Iran has no reason to believe that this is not their best course of action.
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    by: Stephen S from: Australia
    December 13, 2012 9:02 PM
    This article is absolute rubbish! In fact, Iran has given the US an open door for resolving this issue on many many occasions, though chooses to "rough-ride" over Iran. Israel, whom has nuclear weapons already, have not been held to account in relation to the same issue. Why is that? Could it be because Obama is a puppet for the Zionists elite? Without a doubt. If this paper truly values its readers, it would provide "facts". So far there is none, not from this article, nor from the Obama camp!
    Please also tell Obama we do not want his troops in Australia, we are fussy here, about whom we deal with. We like leaders with morals!
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    by: Ran from: joplin, mo
    December 13, 2012 8:12 PM
    I think we should just attack them- and destroy thier nuclear capability. If we don't we will have Iran's nuclear children in NY, LA etc.. Best we deal with this now-
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    by: garroty from: texas
    December 13, 2012 8:10 PM
    Maybe you're right: lift sanctions. Then if they still develop the bomb they would be legitimately blown to pieces.

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