Key points in the UN Security Council resolution on Iran
The Security Council unanimously passed an eight-page resolution imposing sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.
Following are highlights of an eight-page resolution imposing sanctions on Iran, adopted unanimously by the UN Security Council on Saturday. It was sponsored by Britain, Germany and France.
* Invokes Chapter 7, Article 41 of the U.N. Charter that makes enforcement mandatory but excludes military action.
* All nations must ban materials and technology that could contribute to Iran's "enrichment-related, reprocessing or heavy water related activities, or to the development of nuclear weapon delivery systems," such as ballistic missiles. The ban applies to exports and imports.
* Individual nations can use their own judgment in barring dual-use items if they contribute to Iran's prohibited nuclear work, but need to verify the "end-use and end-use location" and inform the Security Council's sanctions committee.
* Equipment for light-water reactors is not included, nor is low-enriched uranium in assembled nuclear fuel elements. This exempts an $800 million light-water reactor Russia is building for Iran at Bushehr.
* Imposes a freeze of funds and financial assets owned or controlled by entities or persons associated with Iran's nuclear or missile programs. There are exceptions to the freeze, including deals made in prior contracts.
* Those targeted include 10 organizations, including Iran's Atomic Energy Organization and firms dealing with its centrifuge programs, heavy-water reactor at Arak and pilot uranium enrichment plant at Natanz. But Iran's Aerospace Industry Organization, which produces missiles, was deleted at Russia's insistence at the last minute, though its subsidiaries remain on the list.
* The 12 individuals named include the vice president for research and development at Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, officials associated with the Arak and Natanz plants and the rector of Malek Ashtar University of Defense Technology.
* A mandatory travel ban is eliminated. The resolution now calls on states to notify a Security Council sanctions panel should any individuals or envoys of groups on the list attached the resolution cross their borders.
* Sanctions can be suspended if Mohamed ElBaradei, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, deems that Iran has suspended its uranium work and stopped efforts to produce a heavy-water nuclear energy reactor and returns to negotiations. He is to report within 60 days after the resolution is adopted.
* Sanctions can be lifted if Iran honors all Security Council and IAEA directives but further measures will be considered if Iran does not comply.