US Senate Approves Resolution on Iran

Posted September 22nd, 2012 at 4:15 am (UTC-5)
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The U.S. Senate has almost unanimously passed a non-binding resolution opposing Iran's development of nuclear weapons. The Senate passed the measure early Saturday in a vote of 90 to 1.

The wording of the non-binding measure specifically states that the measure should not be interpreted as an authorization for the use of military force or a declaration of war.

Republican Senator Rand Paul, who cast the lone “no” vote, has denounced the resolution as an excuse for the use of military force.

The Obama administration has resisted Israeli calls to set a deadline for Iran to stop work on its nuclear program, which Israel and Western powers suspect is designed to produce atomic weapons.

Israel sees a nuclear armed Iran as a threat to its existence, and refuses to rule out military action against Iranian nuclear sites.

Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.