Skip to comments.EU tells defiant Iran it "must" suspend atom activity
Posted on 05/07/2012 5:19:29 PM PDT by Olog-hai
The European Union told Iran on Monday it must suspend uranium enrichment, a few days after the Islamic state ruled out doing just that, as Tehran and the West engaged in diplomatic shadow-boxing ahead of nuclear talks this month.
The United States called on Iran to take "urgent practical steps" to build confidence during negotiations with world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, which Washington and its allies suspect is a bid to develop an atomic bomb capability.
Iran, attending an international conference in Vienna alongside its Western foes, for its part accused the United States of supporting Israel's atomic activities. The Jewish state is widely assumed to hold the Middle East's only nuclear arsenal.
Iran and the six major powers resumed discussions last month in Istanbul after a gap of more than a yeara chance to ease escalating tension and avert the threat of a new Middle East warand both sides described the atmosphere as positive.
The next meeting between the powersthe United States, France, Britain, China, Russia and Germanyand Iran is to take place on May 23 in the Iraqi capital. Iranian officials say they are "optimistic" about making progress.
Israel and the United States have not ruled out military action to prevent Iran from building nuclear weapons if diplomacy fails to resolve the long-running row.
Iran denies having a weapons agenda, saying it is enriching uranium solely for peaceful energy purposes, not for bombs.
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Iran to EU: ..... “FU”.
LOL, what a joke. Iran knows the West doesn’t want a conflict. They can keep stringing the EU and US along forever. One day Iran will test a bomb, and Western diplomats will secretly be thankful they don’t have to keep pursuing the current policy. They will happily switch to the new policy (the one they already really believe in) which says we can live with a nuclear Iran, we just have to contain them.
. . . until a Hezbollah sleeper cell sets off a suitcase nuke or something like that. Then what?
Maybe Iran will be forced to join the EU, risking complete economic collapse. Now, that’s a threat.
Did Hillary help them write the letter of stern warning with the possibility of more stern letters in the future?