President Barack Obama applauded the new sanctions imposed on Iran by the United Nations Security Council for its failure to live up to its obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
The sanctions will restrict Iran’s nuclear activities, its ballistic missile program and its conventional military. These sanctions, which are the strictest that have ever been, will also stop Iranian smuggling and critically monitor Iranian banks and financial transactions.
“This resolution will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government, and it sends an unmistakable message about the international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons,” the president said.
The 12-2 vote that supported these sanctions “demonstrates the growing costs that will come with Iranian intransigence”, described by the president. The nations that voted in support include nations from the United States, Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America, including Russia and China.
Obama expressed the importance on the enforcement of these new implementations until the Iranian government has chosen to “change their behavior,” and accept the actions to fulfill their international obligations.
“Actions do have consequences, and today the Iranian government will face some of those consequences,” he said. “Because whether it is threatening the nuclear non-proliferation regime, or the human rights of its own citizens, or the stability of its own neighbors by supporting terrorism, the Iranian government continues to demonstrate that its own unjust actions are a threat to justice everywhere.”
He expressed his hope for the Iranian people, citing they lose the right to experience the full greatness of the Iranian nation.