ISIS Iran Report

New UNSC Resolution:  Toothless wonder?

September 27, 2008

The Security Council adopted its fifth resolution on Iran today, this one containing no new sanctions or punitive actions, but reiterating its support for previous sanctions and calling on Iran again to comply with UN demands that it halt its enrichment program and return to the negotiating table.  Some analysts will point to this resolution as yet another toothless wonder.  Not clear.  Foreign ministers in town for the start of UNGA were able to negotiate the text quickly, with no need for the arm-twisting that tough, sanctions-heavy resolutions require.  This was intended simply as a terse reminder that Iran remains in noncompliance with its Security Council obligations.

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