U.S. Senior officials are cautious about initiating more punishing approvals against Tehran at the United Nations, although report in this week by the International Atomic Energy Agency is seeing by the Americans as a justification of their long-held claim that Iran is aiming to expand nuclear weapons, officials in New York stated.
These officials are worried about the effect such sanctions may have on the economy, mainly on the energy market, the sources assumed. This is additionally to the fact that Russia and China - both of whom have ban power in the UN Security Council - have clearly declared that they will not help new sanctions.
Many government officials also fear that harsh new approvals would be inferred by Tehran as a announcement of war, which would raise the control of extremist parts in Iran and might encourage a sign of terror attacks against American as well as Western parts.Tehran may also react to "paralyzing sanctions" by frightening the free progress of oil tankers throughout the Strait of Hormuz. Near about 40 percent of the world’s oil passes throughout this narrow waterway.
While the problem of sanctions will probably turn the Security Council in the upcoming few weeks into a battlefield between the United States, France and Britain on one side, and Russia and China on the other, "a victory for the Western powers is not at all certain," said a senior Western diplomat.