ran is problematic for the West. On the one hand, the U.S. and its allies cannot let Iran flout the provisions of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty without consequences. On the other hand, Iran could undermine the NPT by playing the martyr and claiming it is being bullied by the West.
“Now our challenge is to turn pressure into progress,” Senator John Kerry, D-MA, and chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, said on Tuesday, as that committee held hearings on the latest round of U.S.-supported UN sanctions on Iran.
On June 9, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 1929, claiming that Iran remains in violation of the provisions of the NPT by continuing to enrich uranium towards weapons-grade levels and refusing to cooperate with the investigations into its activities by the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency. The resolution intensified measures against the nation, marking the fourth round of sanctions imposed by the UN since 2006.