The United Nations Security Council has just imposed a third round of sanctions on Iran for refusing to shut down its nuclear program. The vote was 14-0 with Indonesia abstaining.
UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council approved a third round of sanctions against Iran on Monday with near unanimous support, sending a strong signal to Tehran that its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment is unacceptable and becoming increasingly costly.
For the first time, the resolution bans trade with Iran in goods which have both civilian and military uses.
Iran has already stated that it will not comply with the latest sanctions. Undoubtedly, a mildly worded letter of protest will be forthcoming from the UN on that. The problem with sanctions in general is that they require the sanctioned country to comply – which is rarely the case. As the "tough" sanctions on Saddam Hussein's Iraq showed, they also tend to be avenues for corruption.