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Iran sanctions vote signals a global rift

Some developing nations may be starting to sour on push by world powers to control lucrative nuclear technology.

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Voting: On Monday, 14 members of the Security Council supported the passage of a third resolution against Iran. Indonesia abstained.

David Karp/AP

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The passage this week by the United Nations Security Council of a third set of sanctions against Iran places a spotlight on two trends in the international community's dispute with Tehran's nuclear program.

Perhaps most striking is the relative retreat by the United States from leading status among Iran's accusers, with European powers taking over the helm.

But there is also an emerging rift between some of the world's developing countries and the big developed powers at the forefront of the effort to impose punitive measures against Tehran. For countries like Indonesia, South Africa, and Libya, which questioned the timing of the new resolution, Iran's claim of victimhood at the hands of arrogant world powers seeking to control access to vital and lucrative technologies may be starting to resonate.

The mixed views of some developing countries were reflected in the Council vote. At 14 yeas and one abstention, it marked a retreat from the unanimous vote achieved on the second Iran resolution, which was approved last year. (The first resolution, approved in 2006, passed on a 14-to-1 vote, with Qatar voting "no.")

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