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US says all UN members should implement sanctions on Iran

world Updated: Jun 11, 2010 13:17 IST

The US on Friday said that it expects all UN members to aggressively implement the Security Council resolution for slapping fresh sanctions on Iran and pressed for a united international response that will make Tehran "pay a price".

US believes these sanctions will have an impact on Iran over time, as the resolution is tailored to changing the country's behaviour, State Department spokesman PJ Crowley said.

The UNSC has approved a resolution for imposing a fresh round of sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.

"We are looking for a strong, united international response to make it clear to Iran that it will pay a price for its current course and that it should - based on this pressure, that it will begin to feel - very quickly change course," Crowley told reporters at his daily news conference.

"We expect every country to aggressively implement Resolution 1929, and we look for the same kind of performance with (Security Council Resolution No) 1929 that we've seen over the past year with Resolution 1874.

"We expect it will have an impact on Iran over time and we expect every nation to carry out its responsibility," he said.

Crowley said the Security Council resolution in this regard provides a framework for addressing proliferation concerns and highlights the fact that specific action can be initiated in a variety of sectors.

The sanctions impose restrictions on conventional weapons, missile technology, nuclear technology and also focuses on banking and financial sector.

He said a number of countries can now look at what can be done bilaterally, unilaterally.

The US administration, he said, is in conversation with the Congress on some pending legislation on steps that can be taken.

"I think the EU will have a council meeting in the next - in about the middle of this month, and they'll be looking at particular steps that they can take in light of Resolution 1929," he said.

The State Department spokesman said the intent of the resolution is not to shut down Iran but to change Iranian policy and change Iranian behavior.

"So this is a resolution that is tailored to not only address the specific interests of government, but also focus on those institutions that support the Iranian Government and Iranian policies," he said.