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

Video Experts Warn World Losing Ebola Fight

Doctors Without Borders says world is losing battle against Ebola, unless wealthy nations dispatch specialized biological disaster response teams More

Video Experts: Rise of Islamic State Significant Development in Jihadism

Many analysts contend the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years More

US-Based Hong Kongers Pledge Support for Pro-Democracy Activists

Democracy advocates call on Chinese living abroad to join them in opposing new election rules for their home territory 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.
Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearancei
X
Elizabeth Lee
September 02, 2014 8:57 PM
Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Larger Than Life Chinese Lanterns Make Southern California Appearance

Chinese lanterns with a long history are lighting up in 21st century style at the Los Angeles County Fair in southern California. Visitors can see traditional lanterns that hang, but also lanterns in the shape of animals, iconic landmarks and many other objects, all created by artisans from a place in China known for its lanterns. Elizabeth Lee has the details from the fair in the city of Pomona.
Video

Video Experts See Rise of ISIS as Significant Development

The Islamic State’s rise seems sudden. It caught the U.S. by surprise this summer when it captured large portions of northern Iraq and spread its wings in neighboring Syria. But many analysts contend that the group - which grew out of al-Qaida in Iraq - has been rebuilding for years. VOA's Jela de Franceschi takes a closer look at the rise of ISIS and its implications for the Middle East and beyond.
Video

Video Israel Concerned Over Syrian Rebels in Golan

Israeli officials are following with concern the recent fighting between Syrian rebels and government forces near the contested Golan Heights. Forty-four U.N. peacekeepers from Fiji have been seized by Syrian Islamist rebels and the clashes occasionally have spilled into Israel. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Jerusalem.
Video

Video Ukraine Schools Resume Classes, Donate to Government Forces

A new school year has started in Ukraine but thousands of children in the war-torn east are unable to attend because of ongoing clashes with pro-Russia rebels. In Ukraine's capital, patriotic education has become the norm along with donations to support injured security forces fighting to take back rebel-held areas. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video US Detainees Want Negotiators for Freedom in North Korea

The three U.S. detainees held in North Korea were permitted to speak with foreign media Monday. The government of Kim Jong Un restricted the topics of the questions, and the interviews in Pyongyang were limited to five minutes. Each of the men asked Washington to send a representative to Pyongyang to secure his release. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti has our story.
Video

Video Turkmen From Amerli Describe Survival of IS Siege

Over the past few weeks, hundreds of Shi'ite Turkmen have fled the town of Amerli seeking refuge in the northern city of Kirkuk. Despite recent military gains after U.S. airstrikes that were coordinated with Iraqi and Kurdish forces, the situation remains dire for Amerli’s residents. Sebastian Meyer went to Kirkuk for VOA to speak to those who managed to escape.
Video

Video West Africa Ebola Vaccine Trials Possible by Early 2015

A U.S. health agency is speeding up clinical trials of a possible vaccine against the deadly Ebola virus that so far has killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa. If successful, the next step would be a larger trial in countries where the outbreak is occurring. VOA's Carol Pearson has more.
Video

Video Survivors Commemorate 70th Anniversary of Nazi Liquidation of Jewish Ghetto

When the German Nazi army occupied the Polish city of Lodz in 1939, it marked the beginning of a long nightmare for the Jewish community that once made up one third of the population. Roughly 200,000 people were forced into the Lodz Ghetto. Less than 7,000 survived. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, some survivors gathered at the Union League Club in Chicago on the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of the Lodz Ghetto to remember those who suffered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

AppleAndroid