by Zhao Qing
BEIJING, June 10 (Xinhua) -- The UN Security Council on Wednesday passed a resolution to slap new sanctions on Iran.
The move was the fourth time that the UN has imposed punitive measures on Iran for its suspect nuclear program since 2006 and the punishment is considered more severe than ever before.
The 12-2 vote indicated the international community's firm demand for Iran to clarify its nuclear program but relevant parties, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, have all pledged continuous diplomatic efforts for a peaceful resolution of the issue.
The new UN resolution, dismissed by Iran as "worthless," may result in antagonism and strengthened conflicts for some time, but it still leaves enough room for future diplomatic efforts. All parties are expected to come back to the negotiating table to seek a peaceful resolution at last, observers say.
SEVERE PUNISHMENT ONLY COVERS NUCLEAR FIELD
The Security Council since 2006 has adopted six resolutions on the Iran nuclear issue, four of which involved punitive measures. Resolution 1929, the newest, is considered the most severe and contains something that the previous ones did not.