U.S. pushes U.N. to ban Iran from pursuing nuclear weapons

Daily News Article - December 14, 2018


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) What is the purpose of the UN Security Council?
b) What two additional items on Iran did Secretary Pompeo tell the UN Security Council?
c) What belligerent activities is Iran involved in, described by Secretary Pompeo?

3. Iran was secretly working on nuclear weapons for 20 years before the project was discovered in 2002. Iran says its program is for fuel purposes only, but it has been working on uranium enrichment which is used to make nuclear bombs. The world knows the Iranian regime is lying.
a) What did a 2015 UN resolution call on Iran to do?
b) What does the US want the UN Security Council to do about the supposed vague language in the resolution?
c) How did Secretary Pompeo explain this assertion?

4. Read the “Background” below the questions on the UN Security Council and on the UN’s nuclear Non-proliferation treaty. How are Russia and China able to prevent the U.S., UK and France from implementing stronger sanctions on Iran and clarifying the 2015 UN resolution on Iran?

5. a) What have the US, Britain and France accused Iran of doing?
b) Iran “says” the missiles are not designed to carry nuclear weapons. Why can’t they be believed?

6. The Trump administration has taken a strong stand against Iran’s nuclear program. Despite being one of 194 UN member countries, the U.S. funds 22% of the UN budget. Do you think the Trump administration will be successful in getting the UN to comply with taking a firm stand against Iran? Explain your answer.