UN Security Council Approves New, 'Binding' Iran Sanctions

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The vote in the 15-member council was 12 in favour, with Lebanon abstaining and Brazil and Turkey voting against.Tehran responded saying the sanctions were an "incorrect step" and would "complicate" the situation further."The move towards the resolution was an incorrect step. It was neither constructive nor efficient in solving the issue. We think it will complicate the situation more," a spokesman for Iran's foreign ministry said following the approval of the fourth set of sanctions.Wednesday's vote was delayed for more than an hour after the ambassadors of Brazil, Turkey and Lebanon, three non-permanent council members, said they had to await instructions from their governments.The three countries finally decided to attend the meeting, but insisted on speaking before the vote to register their opposition."We do not see sanctions as an effective instrument in this case," Brazil's UN Ambassador Maria Luiza Viotti said.The US-drafted resolution marked the fourth set of UN sanctions impo