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Yesterday the UN Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding that Iran comply with a previous UNSC resolution to stop enriching uranium while talks proceed on the nuclear crisis. The consequences of the new resolution were indeed dire -- the UNSC might actually ... really ... pass another resolution:
The five permanent members of the UN Security Council reached a deal yesterday on a resolution that would give Iran until the end of next month to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of sanctions.
The latest draft is weaker than an initial proposal from Britain, France and Germany, with US backing. Although the earlier version would have made the threat of sanctions immediate if Iran did not comply, the new draft would essentially give Iran another chance to come around. That was a victory for Russia and China, arguing that the resolution was not an ultimatum but a new request for Iran to accept a deal that would give it various incentives if it suspended uranium enrichment and reprocessing.
“There are no sanctions introduced on Iran in the draft resolution that we are finalising,” Vitali Churkin, the Russian Ambassador to the UN, said. He emphasised that work on the resolution was not finished.
With the Un showing that kind of strength, one might expect Iran to quiver in its boots -- from laughter. Today, Iran gave its unofficial response:
Iran state radio said Saturday the government would reject a proposed U.N. resolution to suspend uranium enrichment by Aug. 31 or face the threat of international sanctions.
"Iranians will not accept unfair decisions, even in the framework of resolutions by the international bodies," the state-run radio said.
Perhaps this time the UNSC will threaten to write a strongly-worded memo.
We'll talk about this with Michael Ledeen today on the Northern Alliance Radio Network, so be sure to tune in.Sphere It View blog reactions
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So, then, what was the point of this resolution? Even one WITH sanctions wouldn't have had any affect whatsoever on Iranian decision-making regarding their nuclear program - sheesh, did sanctions ever bring Saddam Hussein to heel, even before the Oil... [Read More]
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