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Mother_Marjorie
Jul 31st, 2006, 02:49 PM
U.N. issues nuke deadline for Iran
Tehran has until end of Aug to suspend program or face sanctions

UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution Monday giving Iran until the end of August to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.

Because of Russian and Chinese demands, the text is weaker than earlier drafts, which would have made the threat of sanctions immediate. The draft now essentially requires the council to hold further discussions before it considers sanctions.

The draft passed by a vote of 14-1. Qatar, the only Arab nation on the council, cast the lone dissenting vote.

The resolution, drafted by Britain, France and Germany with U.S. backing, is a followup to a July 12 agreement -- by the foreign ministers of those four countries, plus Russia and China -- to refer Tehran to the Security Council for not responding to incentives offered in June to suspend enrichment.

The ministers asked that council members adopt a resolution making Iran's suspension of enrichment activities mandatory.

Qatar's U.N. Ambassador Nassir Al-Nasser said that while the demands of the six nations were legitimate, the resolution will only exacerbate tensions in the region and Iran should be given more time to respond. Tehran said last week it would reply Aug. 22 to the Western incentive package, but the council decided to go ahead with a resolution and not wait for Iran's response.

"We do not agree with the tabling of this resolution at a time when our region is in flames," Al-Nasser said. "We see no harm in waiting for a few days to exhaust all possible means and in order to identify the real intentions of Iran."

Last Friday, Iran called again for international negotiations on its nuclear ambitions and said it was considering the incentives. Western nations have dismissed the idea of such talks without a halt to Iran's uranium enrichment.

The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of seeking to produce highly enriched uranium and plutonium for nuclear weapons. Tehran maintains its nuclear program is purely peaceful and aimed at generating electricity.

samsung101
Jul 31st, 2006, 03:04 PM
The UN is meaningless.
Iran knows that.

Look at how much the UN did not bother
to do w/Iraq, North Korea Lebanon, Hamas,
etc. The UN is all talk, no action, and when it
does act, you can buy it off. Iran is probably
dishing out favors to Russia, France, China,
the usual suspects as Iraq did for so many years.

Iran is going to move forward, and there is little
anyone can do, but Israel.



The UN will posture and pose and make meaningless
resolutions, and blame the USA and Bush and Israel
for all the woes of the world. The usual will play out.

Ditto for North Korea.



Iran fooled the Clinton gang, the UN for years, it
was called out by the Bush gang, and yet no one
wants to do anything about it, or deal w/the reality
of it. We give them rewards, cash, and time, and they
smile, and say, sure, we really, really promise not to
do anything bad w/our nuke plans. But, they don't
let an open door exist to see all their nuke plans.

So, we lose again, they win. Like North Korea, they
end up with cash and food, we end up with, a nice
meaningless piece of paper.

China smiles.