After 2 months of negotiations (bickering would be a more apt description, I'm sure) the U.N. Security Council finally agreed, unanimously, to sanction Iran for its continued Uranium enrichment efforts. As part of the resolution, all member countries have been ordered to cease supplying Iran with any materials or technology that might aid the country in its nuclear proliferation endeavors but, frankly, I don't know why they even bother! There are a few other minor sanctions that have been imposed (some freezing of assets etc.) but nothing likely to persuade them to comply and, as it is, they've already vowed to forge ahead. They continue to insist that the uranium enrichment programme is for civilian nuclear energy purposes only, but you'd have to be an idiot to believe those claims, particularly with a lunatic like Ahmadinejad, as leader, who has pledged (on more than one occasion) to wipe Israel off the map! And we know the Russians and Chinese will probably continue to supply them, clandestinely of course, with the materials etc. They have too much invested, financially, in that country.
If Iran does not comply (which it won't) the U.N. Security Council has cautioned that it will adopt other non-military sanctions. Oooooh. I can just see Ahmadinejad quaking in his boots, or whatever he wears. This is such a joke, as is the U.N. organization itself. I've lost count the amount of times Iran has declared it would be willing to talk and then changed its mind. One day yes, one day no. They're just buying time, which is a very clever maneuver, considering it has worked so well in the past. How many U.N. resolutions were passed before we invaded Iraq? They had plenty of time, in the interim, to transfer all their WMD to other countries. Iran has absolutely no intentions of complying. Never has never will. Its desire for nuclear power far outweighs its fear of any wimpy sanctions the Security Council might impose. Besides, Iran knows the U.N. will never follow through. It also knows the world is in no position, militarily, to engage in any kind of conflict, nor is it willing to. They know the western world has no stomach for prolonged warfare.
There is, however, some potential 'light at the end of the tunnel', so to speak: many of Ahmadinejad's opponents ("moderate conservatives" and "reformers") gained political ground in Iran's recent elections, and there are escalating student protests in Tehran. Granted, it was a student movement in the 1970's that helped usher in the Islamic Revolution there, and students who seized the American Embassy in 1979 (under good old Jimmy Carter's watch!) taking 53 people hostage, for 444 days. However, students this time have aimed their criticism at Ahmadinejad and not the West, calling for "Death to the Dictator" and complaining that he is not doing enough for the Iranian people. We'll see where this all leads, if anywhere. Perhaps dissatisfaction will galvanize the Iranian youth into action and, this time, they will help usher in a new era of freedom and democracy for that country. One can only hope!