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Press sceptical on Iran sanctions

Doubt about United Nations Security Council's sanctions effectiveness in the media

Many press commentators doubt that the United Nations Security Council's latest round of sanctions against Iran will do much to solve the dispute over the country's nuclear programme.

Commentators in the Iranian press generally denounce the measures - which include asset freezes and travel bans - as illegal and politically motivated.

Several commentators in Security Council member states welcome the fact that the council was able to agree on the measures, but fear they may not prove very effective. An Indonesian newspaper expresses support for Jakarta's decision to abstain from the Council vote on adopting the sanctions.

IRAN'S PRO-KHAMEINI KAYHAN

In the last four years the people and political groups of the country have repeatedly shown that peaceful nuclear technology and certain other scientific achievements are legitimate rights which cannot be compromised on at all. The hostile policies of America and its allies against the country won't influence the people's national and religious demands.

IRAN'S CONSERVATIVE HAMSHAHRI

From the very beginning of Iran's nuclear case, Americans have been acting politically against Iran's peaceful nuclear activities. So whenever the International Atomic Energy Agency reports positively regarding Iran's nuclear activities, America increases its pressure on the agency... This is actually a violation of international rules.

IRAN'S CONSERVATIVE TEHRAN-E-EMRUZ

The passing of resolution 1803 against Iran's nuclear activities is totally baseless and illegal and is considered the continuation of the hostile policies of America and its allies against the country in the run up to the Majlis [Iranian parliament] election.

IRAN'S REFORMIST AFTAB-E-YAZD

As predicted by experts and the people, the third resolution against Iran was issued at the UN Security Council... Like previous resolutions, it imposes certain economic and political costs on the country, although high levels of oil revenue can cover some part of it.

NICOLAS RICHTER IN GERMANY'S INFLUENTIAL CENTRE-LEFT NATIONWIDE SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG

The Security Council's own actions over Iran have done very little to enhance its stature. The Council has just managed to paper over the differences among its members. But in terms of international law it is not proving a credible authority.

GERMANY'S INFLUENTIAL RIGHT-OF-CENTRE NATIONWIDE FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE

This is a small success for the international community although, once again, unity was only possible because earlier sanctions, which were rather weak, have been tightened somewhat. This will not bring Iran to its knees. And there is every indication that uranium enrichment within the (allegedly purely) civilian nuclear programme will continue - despite the halt that has now been demanded for the third time.

ARTEM OPARIN IN RUSSIAN DAILY NOVYYE IZVESTIYA

Tehran has been given another three months to change its mind. Admittedly, the events of the last three years have shown that Iran is not even going to consider the idea of changing its mind.

IGOR KRYUCHKOV AND DMITRIY KOPTEV IN RUSSIA'S GAZETA OWNED BY METALS MAGNATE VLADIMIR LISIN

Despite the fact that Iran refuses to make concessions to the international community, the latest resolution on Iran is, according to politicians, the softest... Russia has signed the sanctions but is swearing friendship and selling aeroplanes to Iran.

ILYA KONONOV IN RUSSIA'S INFLUENTIAL CENTRIST NEZAVISIMAYA GAZETA

The new resolution introducing sanctions against Iran, approved by the UN Security Council, might have no effect. Moreover, it was not easily adopted. According to observers, in future world powers will have to look for a different approach to resolving the problem of Iran's nuclear dossier.

ALEKSANDR REUTOV IN RUSSIA'S INFLUENTIAL LIBERAL DAILY KOMMERSANT

Though it is unlikely that the UN Security Council will approve a decision to use force to resolve the Iran problem because of Russia and China, according to the experts' unanimous opinion, the current resolution is the last warning to the Iranian leadership, at least on Washington's part.

HE HONGZE IN CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY NEWSPAPER RENMIN RIBAO

The reason the Iranian nuclear issue remains unresolved is rooted in the serious lack of mutual trust between Iran and the US. There can be no breakthrough on the Iranian nuclear issue until this problem is resolved... Strengthening mutual trust requires all interested parties to be able to see the resolution's positive content in promoting negotiations.

UNATTRIBUTED COMMENTARY BY CHINA'S OFFICIAL XINHUA NEWS AGENCY

Analysts believe that the US is always actively pushing the UN Security Council to implement new sanctions against Iran. In this visit to Iraq, Ahmadinejad also wants to warn the US: If you expect Iran to help stabilise the situation in Iraq then don't be aggressive on the nuclear issue.

INDONESIA'S DAILY REPUBLIKA NEWSPAPER

The new UN Security Council sanctions against Iran are merely another aspect of the institution's identity as a manager of world situations. There is no change. The Security Council is a means for big countries to maintain their interests. Indonesia's step of abstaining has yielded a different colour but changed nothing.

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