Friday, January 13, 2006

NYT Editorial: UNSC Unlikely to Deter Iran

But let's try it anyway: Even if the United States and Europe got the Iran case referred to the United Nations Security Council, it is not clear what that body would or wouldn't do. Even if Russia and China could be persuaded to go along with sanctions, that might not be enough to pressure Iran, a major oil exporter whose leadership doesn't seem to care very much about other areas of international trade or diplomacy....

China and Russia should join the United States, Britain, France and Germany in putting Iran's behavior before the Security Council and condemning it as a steadily growing threat. Plain talk and a united stand are never bad ideas, particularly when more conventional diplomacy has so far failed.

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Estimate: Would set back Teheran's nuclear program for up to a decade.

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"I recommend to European countries," Mottaki said, "that they should separate the issue of research from production of nuclear fuel and not make propaganda over research which is natural and normal but had unjustly been subject to suspension in the past."

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The foreign secretary told Today he understood people's "anxiety", adding: "No American president ever rules out options and that's just the way they are."

MORE: Merkel Talks Tough at Press Conference with Bush

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germany "would not be intimidated by a country like Iran."

"To Germany, it is totally unacceptable, what Iran said recently, especially regarding Israel and the Holocaust. It is essential we try to persuade as many countries as we can to join us," she added.

RELATED: German Papers Want UNSC Action

MORE: Israel Urges Sanctions

UPDATE: Timmerman: Oil Could Reach $100 a Barrel

2 Comments:

Anonymous someone said...

Oh Moon God,

Could you narrow your main column a bit, or indent your quotes? That much text per line isn't easy to read quickly.

January 13, 2006 3:05 PM  
Anonymous joe mama said...

How about a photoshop of Jack straw as Neville Chamberlain? Peace in our time, etc.

January 13, 2006 6:40 PM  

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