Barack Obama

Obama: U.N. sanctions "unmistakable message" to Iran

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Wednesday said fresh U.N. Security Council sanctions against Iran send an “unmistakable message” to that country over its nuclear program.

“This resolution will put in place the toughest sanctions ever faced by the Iranian government,” Obama said after the 15-nation council passed a fourth round of sanctions against Iran, which the West suspects of developing the means to build atom bombs.

“It sends an unmistakable message about the international community’s commitment to stopping the spread of nuclear weapons,” he told reporters at the White House.

The resolution followed five months of talks between the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia.

With 12 votes in favor, it received the least support of the four Iran sanctions resolutions adopted since 2006, but Obama vowed to make them stick.

“We will ensure that these sanctions are vigorously enforced, just as we continue to refine and enforce our own sanctions on Iran,” he said.

“There is no double standard at play here. We’ve made it clear, time and again, that we respect Iran’s right, like all countries, to access peaceful nuclear energy,” Obama said.

Reporting by Alister Bull; Editing by Jackie Frank