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Are sanctions against Iran legal?

Prof. Muhammad Sahimi: The legal grounds for UN sanctions and Res. 362 have not been established 

The Real News Network, July 14- The US congress is looking to pass Resolution 362, which calls for further economic sanctions on Iran including an embargo against any imports of fine petroleum products and "stringent inspection requirements" on anything entering Iran. The US has become suspicious of Iran since they began long range missile testing said to be in response to Israeli air force exercises in June. If the Resolution is passed, it will require an American naval blockade which some feel is an act of war.

The Real News Network's Senior Editor, Paul Jay, and Professor Muhammad Sahimi of the University of Southern California previously discussed assumptions about Iran, including allegations that they had a secret nuclear program for nearly 20 years, and ElBaradei's outstanding issues with Iran in parts one and two of their interview.

In the most recent segment of the interview, Mr. Jay and Professor Sahimi discuss the legality of the proposed sanctions against Iran. Sahimi argues that the UN Security Council has no authorization to issue resolutions against Iran because "the Security Council did not do what it was supposed to do: it did not identify the threat that Iran poses to peace and international security." He also expresses his belief that sending Iran's nuclear dossier to the UN Council was illegal, and points out that the IAEA "played with words" when explaining why they sent the dossier claiming that they were "just sending it, rather than referring it."

Watch the first four parts of this interview, and stay tuned as the rest are rolled out within the next week.

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