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  • Wobbly Diplomacy

    09/11/2006 7:45:45 AM PDT · by Sabramerican · 14 replies · 474+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 11, 2006 | Editorial
    What happened to the support that the Bush administration said it had for sanctions against Iran? LAST SPRING the Bush administration struck what looked like a clever diplomatic bargain with European governments, Russia and China on addressing Iran. The Islamic regime, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said, would be offered a "clear choice" between a package of economic and political treats -- including the direct dialogue with the United States that Tehran has long craved -- and international sanctions, depending on whether it agreed to suspend its nuclear program. Bush administration officials said they agreed to back the incentive package...
  • Iran moves step closer to U.N. sanctions

    09/07/2006 3:30:19 PM PDT · by John Carey · 6 replies · 237+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 7, 2006 | GEORGE JAHN
    Iran moved a step closer to U.N. sanctions Thursday, with a meeting of the five Security Council permanent members plus Germany making a "lot of progress" on ways of punishing Tehran for its nuclear defiance, a senior State Department official said. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns said further discussions were needed on how harshly to penalize Tehran for its refusal to freeze uranium enrichment, as demanded by the Security Council. But "we've made a lot of progress ... to push this along toward a sanctions resolution," Burns said, speaking at the end of the six-nation talks. The meeting came amid...
  • 6 World Powers Say Iran Did Not Suspend Uranium Enrichment

    09/07/2006 12:51:54 PM PDT · by Froufrou · 22 replies · 457+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 09/07/06 | Unknown
    Six of the world's powers concluded Thursday that Iran has not met a U.N. Security Council demand to suspend uranium enrichment, a move that could lead to sanctions. "We had a first discussion of next steps in the Security Council following the lines of resolution 1696," Reuters quoted a diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, as saying. The diplomat took part in the meeting of senior officials from Germany, France, Britain, the U.S., Russia and China, taking place in Berlin.
  • Excess Baggage - The U.N. can't possibly stop Iran.

    09/03/2006 12:34:42 PM PDT · by Fury · 22 replies · 549+ views
    Opinionjournal.com ^ | 09/04/06 | Claudia Rosett
    The U.N. can't possibly stop Iran. Sunday, September 3, 2006 12:01 a.m. Despite last week's United Nations deadline for Iran to give up its nuclear bomb program, Iran has done no such thing. The next diplomatic move is supposed to be for the U.N. to impose sanctions on Iran. That won't work, either.
  • Germany rules out military option for Iran

    09/04/2006 3:37:51 PM PDT · by Flavius · 54 replies · 874+ views
    china view ^ | 2006-09-05 | na
    BERLIN, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there is "no military option" for handling Iran's nuclear program, her spokesman told reporters here on Monday. "The chancellor has expressed the view that there is no military option," Ulrich Wilhelm said, adding that "the door for negotiations remains open." The U.S. leaders have said repeatedly any option would not be ruled out in dealing with Iran's nuclear program as they insist that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. But Iran has said its program is for peaceful purpose, refusing to comply with a UN directive that it cease uranium enrichment...
  • EU gives Iran two more weeks in nuclear standoff [UNFRIGGIN' REAL ALERT]

    09/02/2006 6:28:17 PM PDT · by conservativecorner · 13 replies · 430+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | Sept. 2, 2006 | Not Cited
    EU to Iran: We're sorry it had to come to this, but you leave us no choice but to set another deadline. And rest assured we've got many more with your name on them ... and we're not afraid to use them. From Reuters: LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (Reuters) - The European Union agreed on Saturday to try to clarify Iran's stance on halting uranium enrichment within two weeks and U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan held talks in Tehran to try and settle the standoff. Annan's visit to Iran takes place two days after the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency...
  • Iran offers to back Lebanon cease-fire

    09/02/2006 12:41:44 PM PDT · by John Carey · 2 replies · 236+ views
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | September 2, 2006 | NASSER KARIMI
    Iran offered to help support the cease-fire in Lebanon in talks Saturday with U.N Secretary-General Kofi Annan, and insisted that diplomacy is the only way to resolve Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West. The talks came two days after Iran defied a U.N. deadline to halt uranium enrichment, opening the door to consideration of sanctions to reinforce Western demands that the Islamic republic rein in its nuclear program and allay suspicions it is working on atomic weapons. Before the Security Council discusses the issue, the European Union is taking another stab at diplomacy this week, and Annan said before arriving...
  • Paris regrets Iran nuclear stance

    09/02/2006 11:31:08 AM PDT · by traumer · 19 replies · 607+ views
    French PM Dominique de Villepin has expressed disappointment at Iran's decision to disregard a UN deadline for stopping sensitive nuclear work. "We cannot accept that Iran does not respect commitments it has made in the past," Mr Villepin said after talks with Italian PM Romano Prodi in Rome. Mr Prodi said France and Italy should co-operate over the "Iranian problem". The US wants UN sanctions against Iran over its failure to meet a 31 August deadline to stop enriching uranium. Six world powers are set to meet next week to decide on the way forward. The UN nuclear agency, the...
  • Annan: Sanctions will not solve Iran nuclear issue

    Annan: Sanctions will not solve Iran nuclear issue By News Agencies and Haaretz Service United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan met on Saturday with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki in Tehran. Annan is expected to press Iran to help shore up the fragile cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah, but diplomats say the talks will also cover Iran's nuclear standoff with the West. Annan said in a newspaper interview before arriving that he hoped for a diplomatic solution that would "avoid another conflict in a region already subjected to a great stress at this moment." Asked about indications that the United States...
  • Military option against Iran open: US [Ambassador Bolton]

    09/01/2006 11:31:16 PM PDT · by familyop · 19 replies · 917+ views
    Press Trust of India ^ | 02SEP06 | Press Trust of India
    The United States has warned Iran that military option "is not off the table" as it mulls a multi-pronged strategy to prevent Tehran from going nuclear. "I think any president charged with responsibility for protecting the American people is not going to take the military option off the table when you confront a threat as grave as an Iran armed with nuclear weapons," US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton said. "... He's (Bush) made it plain for some time that our preferred way of dealing with this problem is through peaceful and diplomatic means, and that's what we've...
  • France Leads Rebuke Of Iran

    09/01/2006 7:08:11 PM PDT · by blam · 36 replies · 552+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-2-2006 | Harry Mount
    France leads rebuke of Iran By Harry Mount in New York (Filed: 02/09/2006) France led the international condemnation of Iran's nuclear ambitions yesterday, giving the clearest indication to date that it could side with an American push to impose sanctions. The French prime minister, Dominique de Villepin, went further than ever before in his criticism of Iran's refusal to suspend its nuclear programme, though he said he still hoped for a negotiated solution to the row. "We cannot accept that Iran should be able to resume its activities in the nuclear field," said Mr de Villepin. "The door must always...
  • A nuclear Iran is not an option

    09/01/2006 9:05:06 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 284+ views
    The Australian ^ | September 01 2006
    Unenforced deadlines make a mockery of the UN system SOMEHOW the approach of a deadline for one of the world's most unhinged and apocalyptically minded dictators to put a halt to his program of enriching uranium to build nuclear weapons should seem more dramatic. And yet, as the clock ticks down on another ultimatum asking Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to cease and desist with his nuclear ambitions, much of the world has already shrugged its shoulders with diminished expectations. Mr Ahmadinejad knows the UN can only do so much and that Russia and China are likely to insulate it from consequence in...
  • On the streets of Tehran, citizens fear becoming world pariah

    08/31/2006 7:50:39 PM PDT · by jmc1969 · 42 replies · 853+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 31 2006 | Christine Spolar
    Iranians are used to sanctions after struggling with a decades-old ban on doing business with America. What made them bristle Thursday - as the United Nations deadline passed for Iran to halt its nuclear enrichment program - was the thought that their country could become an international pariah. "Everyone's worried," jeweler Bahram Mehraban said in his small Tehran storefront, contemplating the possibility of UN sanctions. "Only the common people will be hurt. . . . All the important people here will have prepared and (will) still have a luxurious life." With a tough speech from hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran...
  • Iran Defies U.N. Uranium Enrichment Deadline

    08/31/2006 3:54:32 AM PDT · by Flavius · 12 replies · 282+ views
    cbs ^ | 8/31/06 | cbs
    (AP) TEHRAN, Iran Iran's president defiantly refused to compromise as a U.N. deadline for his country to stop enriching uranium arrived Thursday, saying Tehran would not be bullied into giving up its right to nuclear technology. Iran's refusal to heed the U.N. Security Council demand to stop enrichment will be detailed in a confidential IAEA report to be completed Thursday and given to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35 board member nations. That is likely to trigger council members -- by mid-September -- to begin considering economic or political sanctions.
  • Analysis: Iran Won't Back Down From UN

    08/30/2006 5:02:08 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 567+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-30-2006 | Lee Keath
    Analysis: Iran Won't Back Down From U.N. Wednesday August 30, 2006 11:16 PM By LEE KEATH Associated Press Writer CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Iran isn't blinking in the face of Thursday's U.N. deadline for it to halt uranium enrichment or else finally face the possibility of sanctions the United States has sought for years. Tehran appears confident it can withstand any punishment - if it comes at all. There seems to be no question of Iran's bending to the U.N. demand. It was enriching small amounts of uranium gas at its facility in Natanz as recently as Tuesday, U.N. and...
  • U.N. May Hold Off on Confronting Iran

    08/29/2006 4:56:32 PM PDT · by rocksblues · 32 replies · 624+ views
    myway ^ | Aug 29, 7:10 PM | NICK WADHAMS
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) - The U.N. Security Council will need until mid-September before acting on its threat to punish Iran if Tehran's leaders flout a Thursday deadline to suspend uranium enrichment as is widely expected, Britain's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday. Ambassador Emyr Jones-Parry's prediction seemed to rule out the immediate threat of sanctions against Iran if it disregards the council's demands - spelled out in a resolution adopted this month - to suspend enrichment by Thursday. Iran has already said it would reject the deadline. Jones-Parry said that before it can act, the Security Council will need to receive a...
  • Key US legislator says will block aid to Lebanon

    JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A key U.S. legislator said in Israel on Sunday he would block aid President George W. Bush promised Lebanon and free the funds only when Beirut agreed to the deployment of international troops on the border with Syria. "The international community must use all our available means to stiffen Lebanon's spine and to convince the government of Lebanon to have the new UNIFIL troops on the Syrian border in adequate numbers," said Tom Lantos, the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives' International Relations Committee. Lantos said he was putting a legislative hold on Bush's proposal...
  • Bush is ready to freeze Iran assets

    08/26/2006 10:11:35 PM PDT · by jdm · 22 replies · 756+ views
    WASHINGTON: The Bush administration has indicated it is prepared to form an independent coalition to freeze Iranian assets and restrict trade if the United Nations Security Council fails to penalise Tehran for its nuclear enrichment programme, The Los Angeles Times reported on Saturday. A Security Council resolution gives Iran until Aug.31 to stop uranium enrichment, which could provide fuel to produce electricity or possibly atomic weapons, or face penalties. US Ambassador John Bolton said in an interview late this week that the United States planned to introduce a resolution imposing penalties such as a travel ban and asset freeze for...
  • Iran rejects 'language of force' over nuclear programme_(russia against sanctions)

    08/25/2006 4:51:47 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 253+ views
    the citizen ^ | 8/25/06 | afp
    Iran is ready for unconditional talks over its nuclear programme but rejects the West's "language of force" over the issue, one of the Islamic republic's religious leaders has said. "Yesterday, today and tomorrow, Islamic Iran is favourable toward negotiations that are just, logical and without preconditions, but refuses the language of force," Ahmad Khatami said in a Friday sermon broadcast on state radio. "Using the language of force with Iran is a foolish and clumsy attitude," said Khatami, who is a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts, which supervises the work of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The United States...
  • Iran nuclear response leak reveals demands

    08/24/2006 5:47:43 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 18 replies · 1,278+ views
    The Guardian ^ | August 25 | Ian Traynor
    The US would have to lift decades-old sanctions against Iran and probably give assurances that it has no policy of regime change towards the Islamic republic to settle Iran's nuclear dispute with the west, according to leaks of the Iranian response. Iran is demanding firmer guarantees on trade and nuclear supplies...
  • Merkel: Iran's Response Comes Up Short

    08/24/2006 6:20:41 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 9 replies · 254+ views
    BERLIN - Germany said Thursday that Iran's response to a package of incentives for halting its nuclear program appears unsatisfactory because it is missing a reference to whether Tehran will suspend uranium enrichment. "We are still examining it, but from everything that I hear we cannot be satisfied," Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview with N24 television. Tehran on Tuesday presented its response to the package of incentives, drawn up by the five permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany. It did not publicly disclose full details of its response. The Security Council has set an Aug. 31 deadline...
  • Iranian foot-dragging may compel Israel to 'go it alone'

    ug. 24, 2006 0:30 | Updated Aug. 24, 2006 3:31 Iranian foot-dragging may compel Israel to 'go it alone' By HERB KEINON [Print this Article] [EMail this Article] [Subscribe] [SMS Alerts] [JPost Toolbar] [JPost ePaper] Israel is carefully watching the world's reaction to Iran's continued refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, with some high-level officials arguing it is now clear that when it comes to stopping Iran, Israel "may have to go it alone," The Jerusalem Post has learned. One senior source said on Tuesday that Iran "flipped the world the bird" by not responding positively to the Western incentive plan...
  • Countdown to showdown (Iran's nukes)

    08/23/2006 2:19:11 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 629+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | August 22, 2006
    Yesterday was Aug. 22, the Islamic holiday that celebrates Muhammed's ascension to prophet status, and also, as some nail-chewing souls quaked, a day that Iranian-sponsored terrorists might unleash yet more destruction. Apocalypse, as it turns out, did not happen, but Tehran did issue its long-awaited response to the UN's demand that uranium enrichment programs be straightaway ceased. The reply, while its precise wording is yet unreported, is said to run more or less along the lines of, "Stuff it." Otherwise, Tehran announces itself open to "serious negotiations," and "dialogue." Immediately responds the European Union: "The document is extensive and requires...
  • Lebanese Prime Minister Asks U.S. Help

    08/23/2006 7:03:55 AM PDT · by callthemlikeyouseethem · 37 replies · 1,239+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 23, 9:37 AM (ET) | AP
    BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - Lebanese Prime Minister Fuad Saniora urged the United States on Wednesday to help end Israel's sea and air blockade, and said his country was making "every effort" to secure its borders. "The United States can support us in putting real pressure on Israel to lift the siege," the Western-backed Saniora told reporters. His government has called the blockade a violation of the U.N.-brokered cease-fire, and has asked the international community to intervene. Lebanon's leading An-Nahar newspaper reported that Saniora had spoken with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to enlist their help.
  • Iran ready for 'serious' nuclear talks

    08/22/2006 8:02:34 AM PDT · by John Carey · 45 replies · 1,511+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | August 22, 2006 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI,
    Iran formally responded Tuesday to a package of Western incentives aimed at persuading Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment, with officials saying it has offered a "new formula" to resolve the dispute. The country's top nuclear negotiator said Tehran was ready to enter "serious negotiations." Iran's top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, hand-delivered Iran's response to the Western package of nuclear incentives to ambassadors from Britain, China, Russia, France, Germany and Switzerland, state-run television said, without disclosing details. Officials close to the meeting said Iran's response offered the "new formula" to resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear activities. The officials spoke on...
  • Iran to say No to the UN

    08/22/2006 7:06:29 AM PDT · by Sammynews · 9 replies · 359+ views
    PeoplesMedia | 8/21/06 | Sam
    As the deadline nears, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad refuses to give in to possible UN sanctions. Iran is set to reply Tuesday to an offer by world powers aimed at resolving a nuclear standoff. If they don't accept, the UN will impose sanctions. According to todays speech given by the Iranian Foreign Minister Manoucher Motakki in Pretoria, South Africa, it appears that they want sanctions. In his address he claims that the UN resolution against Iran is 'discriminatory', and Iran, 'insists on its statutory right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes'. The South African Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr...
  • Iran hands reply on nuclear package to envoys

    08/22/2006 6:25:25 AM PDT · by Flavius · 17 replies · 776+ views
    tisali ^ | 8/22/06 | reterers
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran handed over on Tuesday its response to a nuclear package aimed at allaying Western fears that Tehran seeks to build atomic bombs, Iran’s state-run Arabic-language Al-Alam television reported. It said Ali Larijani, Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator, had handed the response to envoys representing the six nations in Tehran at the Supreme National Security Council, which handles the nuclear file. It did not give details of the reply.
  • Iran to respond to incentives package

    08/22/2006 4:52:15 AM PDT · by John Carey · 5 replies · 310+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | August 22, 2006 | ALI AKBAR DAREINI,
    Iran said it intends to meet a self-imposed deadline later Tuesday to formally respond to a Western incentives package aimed at persuading it to suspend its uranium enrichment program, state television reported. "Iran will respond in writing today to the package of incentives proposed by the West," the station said without giving further details. On Monday, Iran turned away International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors from an underground site meant to shelter its uranium enrichment program from attack. Its top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, declared Monday that Tehran will continue to pursue its nuclear activities. If it continues enrichment, Iran faces...
  • U.S. Expects Iran To Reject U.N. Appeal To End Nuclear Program

    08/18/2006 3:07:20 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 22 replies · 602+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 18, 2006 | Peter Spiegel
    WASHINGTON // A senior State Department official said yesterday that he expects Iran to reject a U.N.-backed entreaty to end its nuclear enrichment program and added that the United States will quickly press for international sanctions against Tehran if an Aug. 31 deadline is not met. Undersecretary of State R. Nicholas Burns, the Bush administration's point man on Iran, said the United States has the backing of fellow permanent members of the United Nations Security Council for economic and diplomatic sanctions and will push for them to be imposed early next month if Iran does not halt uranium enrichment at...
  • Iran still plans reply to atomic incentives deal-(Tehran's aim was to put new "facts on the ground")

    08/07/2006 4:57:43 AM PDT · by Flavius · 1 replies · 181+ views
    washingto post ^ | August 7, 2006 | Reuters
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran still plans to reply by August 22 to a big power offer of incentives to stop making nuclear fuel, an official said on Monday, but more senior politicians have already rejected the terms of the package. The United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia proposed two months ago to give Iran trade and technical concessions if it shelves an uranium enrichment program first. But Iran was deemed to take too long to respond and was referred to the U.N. Security Council. The world body promptly passed a resolution ordering Tehran to halt atomic work or...
  • UN to give Iran until August 31 to suspend uranium enrichment

    08/07/2006 1:49:33 AM PDT · by snowsislander · 20 replies · 507+ views
    The Khaleej Times ^ | July 29, 2006
    UNITED NATIONS - The UN Security Council would consider sanctions against Iran if it does not halt uranium enrichment by August 31, under a resolution drawn up by the six major powers, diplomats said on Friday. A text of the proposed resolution was distributed to the 15 council nations on Friday, and US ambassador John Bolton told reporters at the UN headquarters that a vote could be held early next week. If Iran continues to pursue uranium enrichment, “the next step will be the consideration of sanctions in the Security Council, and it would be our intention to move forcefully...
  • Iran Threatens To Use 'Oil Weapon' In Nuclear Standoff (8-7-2006)

    08/06/2006 4:17:54 PM PDT · by blam · 58 replies · 1,176+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8-7-2006 | Simon Tisdall
    Iran threatens to use 'oil weapon' in nuclear standoff · Energy crisis would leave people 'shivering in cold'· UN deadline looms for Tehran to accept deal Simon Tisdall in Tehran Monday August 7, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Iran warned Britain and the US yesterday that the international community could face a new oil crisis if the United Nations security council imposes sanctions on Tehran over its alleged attempt to acquire a nuclear weapons-making capability. Speaking in Tehran, Ali Larijani, the country's chief nuclear negotiator and head of the supreme national security council, said Iran would be reluctant to cut its...
  • IAEA adopts resolution on Iran's nuclear program

    09/24/2005 8:52:55 AM PDT · by s2baccha · 47 replies · 1,960+ views
    The UN atomic watchdog adopted by vote Saturday an EU proposal that sets Iran up for referral to the UN Security Council, a spokesman said, in what would be a sharp escalation of the West's face-off with the Islamic Republic. The vote was by 22-1, with 12 abstentions on the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA spokesman Peter Rickwood told reporters.
  • Iran plans to expand nuclear activities

    08/06/2006 6:45:58 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 285+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 2 hours, 21 minutes ago | ALI AKBAR DAREINI,
    TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's top nuclear negotiator said Sunday that Iran will expand uranium enrichment, in defiance of a U.N. Security Council resolution giving the Islamic Republic until Aug. 31 to halt the activity or face the threat of political and economic sanctions. Ali Larijani called the U.N. Security Council resolution issued last week illegal and said Iran won't respect the deadline. "We reject this resolution," he told reporters. "We will expand nuclear activities where required. It includes all nuclear technology including the string of centrifuges," Larijani said, referring to the centrifuges Iran uses to enrich uranium. He said Iran...
  • Iranian Alert - August 3, 2006 - Ahmadinejad rejects UNSC resolution

    08/03/2006 10:11:39 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 814+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 8.3.2006 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Ahmadinejad rejects UNSC resolution. Dow Jones Newswires reported that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give his nation until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment.   Iranians think the West will give in on the nuclear issue. Rooz Online reported that the spokesman for the Majlis Leadership said: The West will yield on the nuclear issue.   Iranian Ayatollah pleads for Muslims to arm Hezbollah. Aljazeera.net reported that Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati called on Muslim countries to arm Hezbollah in its struggle against Israel.   Iran cuts another major deal with...
  • Iranian cleric: 'Close down' Security Council

    08/04/2006 6:44:00 PM PDT · by tessalu · 14 replies · 435+ views
    (Lebanon) Daily Star ^ | August 5, 2006 | Daily Staff
    The UN Security Council should be scrapped for trying to make Iran halt its atomic work while failing to stop Israel's offensive against Lebanon, a senior Iranian clerical politician said on Friday. The comments by Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, head of the constitutional watchdog the Guardian Council, confirmed Tehran's defiance in the face of a UN resolution ordering it to stop making atomic fuel by the end of this month. "They must close down this United Nations and its Security Council, what kind of a Security Council is this?" Jannati asked Friday prayer worshippers in Tehran. Jannati lambasted Israel for brutal...
  • Russia Says Iran Must Meet Nuclear Deadline

    08/03/2006 4:37:42 AM PDT · by Flavius · 3 replies · 293+ views
    rfel ^ | 8/3/06 | ap
    In a statement, the Foreign Ministry reminded Iran that, as a UN member, it has to implement Security Council resolutions. Russia and another veto-wielding member of the Security Council, China, have so far resisted Western proposals for sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program. (AP)
  • Iran blasts 'worthless' nuclear deadline-(wow they will get in trouble with UN letter writing team)

    08/01/2006 7:33:30 PM PDT · by Flavius · 16 replies · 1,026+ views
    ap ^ | 8/1/06 | Stefan Smith
    TEHRAN (AFP) - Iran reacted angrily to a UN Security Council resolution ordering it to freeze sensitive nuclear work by the end of the month, one top official branding the text as "worthless". ADVERTISEMENT UN Resolution 1696, adopted on Monday, warned the Islamic Republic that it might face sanctions unless it halts uranium enrichment and other work that could help build a nuclear bomb. "While the Security Council does not dare to condemn the Qana massacre (in south Lebanon) ... it feels alarmed by Iran's nuclear activities and adopts a resolution that is worthless in the eyes of people," parliament...
  • Iran says it will deliver response Aug. 22

    07/20/2006 6:51:11 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 49 replies · 2,624+ views
    Iran says it will deliver response Aug. 22 By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer Iran said Thursday it would formally respond on Aug. 22 to a Western package of incentives aimed at resolving the standoff over its suspect nuclear program — the first time the Islamic republic has set a specific date for its reply. The Supreme National Security Council, Iran's top security decision-making body, also threatened that the country would reconsider its nuclear policies if sanctions were imposed by the United Nations. The council did not elaborate, but Iranian officials repeatedly have suggested that Tehran may withdraw from...
  • After The U.N.

    08/01/2006 12:49:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies · 413+ views
    investors.com ^ | 7/31/2006
    The U.N. Security Council on Monday delivered another threat, after its fashion, to Iran. Stop enriching uranium by Aug. 31, it declared, or we'll talk at you some more. In what has become an old story, Russia and China balked at automatically imposing economic and political sanctions if Iran failed to comply. ...The U.N.'s uselessness is also on display in Lebanon, where Hezbollah has flouted a Security Council resolution to disarm it and has been using U.N. observers as cover, with tragic results. ... Hezbollah will back down only before well-armed forces that are ready to fight, not just observe....
  • Iran's President Rejects U.N. Resolution

    08/01/2006 8:14:59 AM PDT · by Republican Red · 58 replies · 3,580+ views
    President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday rejected a U.N. Security Council resolution that would give his nation until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment. Instead, Ahmadinejad insisted Tehran would pursue its nuclear program. "My words are the words of the Iranian nation. Throughout Iran, there is one slogan: 'The Iranian nation considers the peaceful use of nuclear fuel production technology its right,'" Ahmadinejad said. The Security Council passed a resolution Monday calling for Iran to suspend uranium enrichment by the end of August or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions. Ahmadinejad said Iran will not give in to threats...
  • U.N. gives Iran until the end of August (Security Council Vote 14-1)

    07/31/2006 7:41:40 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 37 replies · 1,248+ views
    Yahoo! News (AP) ^ | 7/31/2006 | n/a
    U.N. gives Iran until the end of AugustUNITED NATIONS - 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, which represents Arab states on the council, cast the lone dissenting vote.