News / Middle East

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran

VOA News
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.

You May Like

UN Ambassador Power Highlights Plight of Women Prisoners

She launches the 'Free the 20' campaign, aimed at profiling women being deprived of their freedom around the world More

Satellite Launch Sparks Spectacular Light Show

A slight delay in a satellite launch lit up the Florida sky early this morning More

Fleeing IS Killings in Syria, Family Reaches Bavaria

Exhausted, scared and under-nourished, Khalil and Maha's tale mirrors those of thousands of refugees from war-torn countries who have left their homes in the hopes of finding a better life More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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?
In Response

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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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!
In Response

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-
In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOAi
X
August 31, 2015 2:17 AM
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video Nobel Prize Winner Malala Talks to VOA

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai met with VOA's Deewa service in Washington Sunday to talk about women’s rights and unveil a trailer for her new documentary. VOA's Katherine Gypson has more.
Video

Video War, Drought Threaten Iraq's Marshlands

Iraq's southern wetlands are in crisis. These areas are the spawning ground for Gulf fisheries, a resting place for migrating wildfowl, and source of livelihood for fishermen and herders. Faith Lapidus has more.
Video

Video Colombians Flee Venezuela as Border Crisis Escalates

Hundreds of Colombians have fled Venezuela since last week, amid an escalating border crisis between the two countries. Last week, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the closure of a key border crossing after smugglers injured three Venezuelan soldiers and a civilian. The president also ordered the deportation of Colombians who are in Venezuela illegally. Zlatica Hoke reports.
Video

Video Rebuilding New Orleans' Music Scene

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina inundated New Orleans, threatening to wash away its vibrant musical heritage along with its neighborhoods, the beat goes on. As Bronwyn Benito and Faith Lapidus report, a Musicians' Village is preserving the city's unique sound.
Video

Video In Russia, Auto Industry in Tailspin

Industry insiders say country relies too heavily on imports as inflation cuts too many consumers out of the market. Daniel Schearf has more from Moscow.
Video

Video Scientist Calls Use of Fetal Tissue in Medical Research Essential

An anti-abortion group responsible for secret recordings of workers at a women's health care organization claims the workers shown are offering baby parts for sale, a charge the organization strongly denies. While the selling of fetal tissue is against the law in the United States, abortion and the use of donated fetal tissue for medical research are both legal. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video Next to Iran, Climate at Forefront of Obama Agenda

President Barack Obama this week announced new initiatives aimed at making it easier for Americans to access renewable energy sources such as solar and wind. Obama is not slowing down when it comes to pushing through climate change measures, an issue he says is the greatest threat to the country’s national security. VOA correspondent Aru Pande has more from the White House.
Video

Video Arctic Draws International Competition for Oil

A new geopolitical “Great Game” is underway in earth’s northernmost region, the Arctic, where Russia has claimed a large area for resource development and President Barack Obama recently approved Shell Oil Company’s test-drilling project in an area under U.S. control. Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Philippine Maritime Police: Chinese Fishermen a Threat to Country’s Security

China and the Philippines both claim maritime rights in the South China Sea.  That includes the right to fish in those waters. Jason Strother reports on how the Philippines is catching Chinese nationals it says are illegal poachers. He has the story from Palawan province.
Video

Video China's Spratly Island Building Said to Light Up the Night 'Like A City'

Southeast Asian countries claim China has illegally seized territory in the Spratly islands. It is especially a concern for a Philippine mayor who says Beijing is occupying parts of his municipality. Jason Strother reports from the capital of Palawan province, Puerto Princesa.
Video

Video Ages-old Ice Reveals Secrets of Climate Change

Ice caps don't just exist at the world's poles. There are also tropical ice caps, and the largest sits atop the Peruvian Andes - but it is melting, quickly, and may be gone within the next 20 years. George Putic reports scientists are now rushing to take samples to get at the valuable information about climate change locked in the ice.

VOA Blogs