On April 24, 2010, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad criticized attempts by the UN to impose sanctions on the country's nuclear program, claiming that the actions by the UN Security Council (UNSC) and US were illegal. Following his sharp criticism, Ahmadinejad denied that Iran had broken nuclear development regulations in September 2009, contradicting a joint statement from the Pittsburgh Group of 20 Summit (G-20) claiming that Iran had violated their terms of agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) by failing to disclose the existence of a nuclear facility in a timely fashion. In February 2012, US President Barack Obama signed an executive order imposing strict sanctions on Iran as part of an effort to enforce the National Defense Authorization Act for 2012 (NDAA), which provided Obama the authority to impose such sanctions. These actions are part of a broader effort to suppress the Iranian nuclear program, which began in 2006 when the UNSC imposed sanctions on Iran for enriching uranium.
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Learn more about Iran and the laws governing nuclear proliferation from the JURIST news archive and read commentary on how the latest sanctions against Iran reflect international tensions from JURIST Guest Columnist Sasan Fayamanesh in Hotline.