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Iran censured at nuclear meeting

November 28, 2009

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— In a blow to Iran, the board of the U.N. nuclear agency on Friday overwhelmingly backed a demand from the U.S., Russia, China and three other powers that Tehran immediately stop building its newly revealed nuclear facility and freeze uranium enrichment.

Iranian officials shrugged off approval of the resolution by 25 members of the 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency. But the U.S. and its allies hinted of new U.N. sanctions if Tehran remains defiant.

The West said some time remained for Tehran to come around and accept a specific offer that would delay its ability to make a nuclear weapon as well as engage in broader talks with the ultimate goal of persuading it to mothball its enrichment program.

But that window of opportunity would not stay open indefinitely, officials said.

“The next stage will have to be sanctions if Iran doesn’t respond to what is a very clear vote from the world community,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the resolution’s passage shows that “the international community still wants dialogue with Iran, but time is pressing.”

“Our hand is still held out,” he added. “I hope Iran will take it. Iran must know: our patience is not infinite.”

Iran argues its nuclear program is aimed at creating a peaceful nuclear energy network to serve its growing population.

Comments

Brent Garner 5 years, 9 months ago

And these words of disapproval will accomplish what? Just like Saddam Hussein who ignored 17 different UN resolutions, the Iranians could not care a fig about what the UN says or even does. I predict that unless someone grows a backbone or Israel goes it alone, we will soon be confronted with a hostile, nuclear armed Iranian Islamic state who will use their fledgling nuclear shield to hide behind while they export terrorism abroad with reckless abandon.

notajayhawk 5 years, 9 months ago

'In a blow to Iran, the board of the U.N. nuclear agency on Friday overwhelmingly backed a demand from the U.S., Russia, China and three other powers that Tehran immediately stop building its newly revealed nuclear facility and freeze uranium enrichment.'

And this is 'a blow to Iran' how, exactly? Were they counting on a joint resolution praising their efforts or something?

'Iranian officials shrugged off approval of the resolution'

No kiddin'. Big shocker there.

But if they don't come around, don't worry, the UN will give them another stern warning.

'The West said some time remained for Tehran to come around and accept a specific offer that would delay its ability to make a nuclear weapon as well as engage in broader talks with the ultimate goal of persuading it to mothball its enrichment program.'

'Mothballing' is the "ultimate goal" here? Great. That worked so well with North Korea, didn't it?

'“The next stage will have to be sanctions if Iran doesn’t respond to what is a very clear vote from the world community,” British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said.'

That worked so well with North Korea too, didn't it?

'German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said the resolution’s passage shows that “the international community still wants dialogue with Iran, but time is pressing.”'

And in another 100 years or so, we might get serious, dag nabbit!

(But I doubt it.)

Don't we all feel better that we have someone who believes in negotiation and diplomacy? The UN has always been, and will always be, an entirely useless, and dangerous, organization. I wonder how long their dedication to a diplomatic resolution would last if we shipped their a**es out of New York and set them up with a nice new building in Jerusalem. With all the windows facing west.

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