Monday, January 16, 2006

Security Council Members Agree on Iran -- FOX News

LONDON -- Russia and China agreed with the United States and its European allies Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear program,

Ya think?

but the countries stopped short of demanding referral to the U.N. Security Council, Britain's Foreign Office said.

Based on the security council's current record, referring it to them would have resulted in the same as not referring it. They have wasted how much time trying to "negotiate" with the mad mullahs?

In a conciliatory statement, Iran's ambassador to Moscow praised a Russian proposal to move the Iranian uranium enrichment program to its territory; a step that could resolve the deadlock over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

How about you give up on nukes and stick to coal and oil?

Russian President Vladimir Putin also urged caution in dealing with the Iranian nuclear issue, saying that Tehran might still agree to the Russian offer and warning "it's necessary to work carefully and avoid any sharp, erroneous moves."

Because the last thing you want is to piss off mad dogs with nuclear weapons.

Britain, France and Germany, backed by Washington, want Iran to be referred to the Security Council, which can impose sanctions.

Ooooh, sanctions! How effective were those with Saddam Insane? Oh, yeah, NO EFFECT (other than to line the pockets of the UN and member nations).

But Russia and China, which have close commercial ties with Iran, have resisted such a move in the past and could stymie efforts against Tehran as veto-wielding members of the U.N. body.

They did the same with Iraq. It didn't help then, it won't help now. Wait until Tehran has nukes and decides they no longer need your help. Stupid wankers.

The British Foreign Office said all five permanent members of the Security Council — the U.S., Britain, France, Russia and China — and Germany had shown "serious concern over Iranian moves to restart uranium enrichment activities."

As well they should be, they should have been concerned a long time ago.

They agreed on the need for Iran to "return to full suspension," according to the statement.

To which the Iranians probably thought, "Try and make us."

Diplomats from Britain, France and Germany also informed officials from Russia, China and the United States that they plan to call for an emergency board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency next month. The 35-nation IAEA board, which could refer the issue to the Security Council, will discuss what action to take against Iran.

Since when do you need 35 nations, each with their own agenda, to decide if Iran is a threat or not? The Iranian President has only been calling to annihilate Israel. I suppose that is not concern enough for most nations. Stupid asshats.

Representatives of the six countries held a daylong meeting in London in a bid to reach consensus over what action to take after Iran removed U.N. seals from its main uranium enrichment facility last week and resumed research on nuclear fuel, including small-scale enrichment, after a 2 1/2-year freeze.

The response should have been, tamper with those seals and we stomp you.

The move alarmed the West, which fears Iran intends to build an atomic bomb. Iran claims its program is peaceful, intended only to produce electricity and it has threatened to end cooperation the U.N. nuclear watchdog if it is brought before the Security Council.

I will believe it is peaceful when the Iranians hand in their arms and keep only a token military.

The Russian proposal would ensure oversight so that uranium would be enriched only as much as is needed for use in nuclear power plants and not to the higher level required for weapons.

And how long will it take for someone to be bribed into ignoring a few tons of weapons grade uranium to be enriched? A month? Two months?

"As far as Russia's proposal is concerned, we consider it constructive and are carefully studying it. This is a good initiative to resolve the situation. We believe that Iran and Russia should find a way out of this jointly," Iran's ambassador to Moscow, Gholamreza Ansari, said in comments translated into Russian and shown on state Channel One television.

Meaning, they are the most likely to accept bribes.

Putin, speaking in Moscow after a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said Moscow's position is "very close" to that of the U.S. and the European Union. But he added that "it's necessary to work carefully and avoid any sharp, erroneous moves."

Covered my opinion of this statement already.

European diplomats have said in recent days there are signs that Russia, which is deeply involved in building Iranian reactors for power generation, is leaning toward referral. Putin's comments, though, seemed to suggest he was still looking for other alternatives.

Fishing for a bigger bribe. Cough it up muzzies!

China, which is highly dependent on Iranian oil, has warned that hauling Iran before the Security Council would escalate the situation.

Ok, our oil supply is threatened and it is a good thing, theirs is threatened and its a bad thing. These people like to say they are our friends?

The Foreign Ministry in Beijing took a cautious tone.

"China believes that under the current situation, all relevant sides should remain restrained and stick to solving the Iranian nuclear issue through negotiations," the ministry said in a statement.

Until its too late.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the vote on referral "ought to be as soon as possible."

Like yesterday, or maybe the day before.

"We've got to finally demonstrate to Iran that it can't with impunity just cast aside the just demands of the international community," Rice said Sunday during a trip to Africa.

Iraq did for over 10 years. Within 10, Iran will have nuclear weapons. TALKING is not going to intimidate them into obeying.

Speaking before Monday's talks in London, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the "onus is on Iran" to prove its program is peaceful. He said the international community's confidence had been "sorely undermined by a history of concealment and deception" by Iran.

Thank you for noticing.

Straw said the dialogue with Russia and China was of "crucial importance."

Yes, getting it through their heads that we can't be waiting for another year or two, while they squeeze as much out of Iran as they can, will not be tolerated.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair's official spokesman said the London talks signaled "growing international concern at the behavior of the Iranian government and at ... the words of the Iranian president," who has called for Israel to be "wiped off the map" and said the Nazi Holocaust a "myth."

That alone should give you a good idea of their intentions.

Iranian state radio, meanwhile, reported that the government had allocated the equivalent of $215 million for the construction of what would be its second and third nuclear power plants. Iran plans to build 20 more nuclear plants, and Russia has offered to build some of them.

And Russia is receiving how much to do this work?

Straw reiterated that military action against Iran is not an option.

Yes it is.

He also said sanctions were not inevitable even if the nuclear dispute is referred to the Security Council, saying other countries had complied with council demands without the need for sanctions.

They were not being backed up by a former superpower and a near superpower.


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