Wednesday, June 9, 2010

FP morning brief 6/9

Security Council to vote on Iran sanctions today

Top story: The U.N. Security Council is scheduled to vote today on a new round of sanctions against Iran's nuclear program. The new measures, which are the fourth round of sanctions imposed on Iran since 2006, will target 40 companies, including 15 linked with Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Speaking from Quito, Ecuador, U.S. Secretary of State described the measures as "the most significant sanctions that Iran has ever faced." Iran's envoy to the U.N., Mohammed Khazee, described them as a "deviation from the path of constructive transactions."

Hours before the vote, permanent Security Council members France, Russia, and the United States rejected the recent proposal negotiated by Brazil and Turkey under which Iran would send some of its uranium abroad for enrichment, with officials saying that the deal would still leave Iran with enough uranium to build a nuclear weapon.

The sanctions seem assured of passage with at least 12 of the 15 Security Council members supporting them, but Brazil, Turkey, and Lebanon are likely to abstain or vote no. Iran has been working steadily to build its influence within the United Nations, particularly with rising economic powers who resent the organization's longtime power structure.

On the market: Xe Services, the controversial military contractor formerly known as Blackwater, is up for sale.

Middle East
  • Somalia's defense minister resigned, saying he had failed to restore order in the country.
  • Visiting Kenya, Vice President Joe Biden praised the country's leaders for political cooperation.
  • An outbreak of lead poisoning linked to illegal gold mining has left more than 160 dead in Nigeria.
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Ecuador's leftist President Rafael Correa.
  • Chile's ambassador to Argentina resigned after praising former dictator Augusto Pinochet.
  • The killing of a second Mexican youth by U.S. Border Patrol agents in two weeks has provoked widespread anger in Mexico.
-By Joshua Keating


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