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Regional press divided on Iran nuclear sanctions

Turkish UN ambassador Ertugrul Apakan voting against the UN  Resolution against Iran, 9  June
Turkey voted against the sanctions

The UN Security Council's decision to impose a fourth round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme provokes a varied response in the wider region's press.

In Iran itself, editorials in the hard-line press lash out at what they see as Western double standards. In the Arabic-speaking Middle East, however, many press commentators think the sanctions are justified and adequate, although some also criticise the perceived bias in Western policy in the region.

For most commentators in Israel, the sanctions do not go far enough, while in Turkey, they praise its government's courage in standing up to the West by voting against the sanctions in UN Security Council.

EDITORIAL IN IRAN'S IRAN

"For more than 30 year now, the Iranian nation has become less and less vulnerable in the face of war and sanctions, and instead of surrendering, it has moved along the path of progress, integrity and power. Even the stupid enemies of this country and its system have recognised this. Even if the country is flooded with sanctions, with the help of faith, the people's will and the Supreme Leader's wisdom, this sanctions resolution will turn into useless shredded paper."

EDITORIAL IN IRAN'S ARABIC-LANGUAGE AL-VEFAGH

"There is no doubt that these fabricated resolutions will not solve the problem, rather they will escalate it. Iran, as it has proved, will not abandon its right for the sake of bandits, warmongers and murderers of innocent people... The resolution will certainly be a mark of disgrace for the United States and its allies, since they have lost their credibility as a result of their double standards, for which they will be brought to book."

HASSAN HEIDAR IN UK-BASED ARABIC AL-HAYAT

The sanctions are a reminder to Tehran that it has to change and voluntarily abandon the use of force, money, and nuclear aspirations to impose its role regionally. If not, these methods are gradually on their way to being eroded, together with the aspirations that [Iran] is pursuing."

EDITORIAL IN SAUDI AL-JAZIRAH

"The people usually pay the price when a regime makes a grave mistake. This time the price is high for the Iranian people."

RAFIQ KHURI IN LEBANON'S AL-ANWAR

"It is not true that Tehran will be unaffected by the sanctions, as it says... This resolution has teeth. It ups the stakes while also opening up an opportunity for a solution, because the international community has been seen to be carrying a big stick as well as offering a big carrot. The choice is Iran's. It is true that Iran's cunning is great, but it is also true that their game has gone as far as it could, and that the great powers are no less cunning in dialogue."

RASHA ISA IN SYRIA'S TISHRIN

"Sanctions have been piled one on top of another to test Iran's patience - by US and Israeli hands. The Security Council has become preoccupied with Iran and its nuclear programme at the expense of the thousands of other hot issues knocking on the UN's doors in search of a solution, the latest being the crime against the Freedom Flotilla and the Israeli nuclear programme."

RONEN BERGMAN IN ISRAEL'S YEDIOT AHARONOT

"Only sanctions that would hit the Iranian economy very hard and cause real hardship to the Iranian people can make the regime feel that its future is in danger. The sanctions imposed yesterday are no such sanctions."

HERB KEINON IN ISRAEL'S JERUSALEM POST

"True, the sanctions are far from what Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu would have liked to see… But still, these sanctions provide an important legal and moral basis for both the US and other countries to build upon. The new measures are also important because they represent a shift in Obama's strategy. Obama came into office wanting to differentiate himself from his predecessor George Bush's polices on Iran, and tried a different path. That path failed to move the Iranians, and now he is going back to the Bush way."

ASLI AYDINTASBAS IN TURKEY'S MILLIYET

"Turkey's decision to vote no at the UN yesterday will be perceived as a challenge to the Western consensus, and in the short-run will probably create a chill in relations. But despite everything, Turkey is still a strategic ally that cannot be given up easily. Neither the United States nor Europe can sacrifice Turkey. The vote at the UN will inflame the discussions about who lost Turkey."

IBRAHIM KARAGUL IN TURKEY'S MILLIYET

"Sooner or later, the forces both inside and outside will have to accept Turkey's new position. This resolution will end in a fiasco. Unfortunately, the architects of these sanctions have openly declared war against a very important peace initiative. We once more applaud Turkey because of its upright position as it said no to sanctions, tried to prevent a new war in the region and put a concrete peace project in front of the world."



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