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  • Russia Sets Limits on U.N. Iran Sanctions

    The Obama Administration continues to talk up the prospects for strong U.N. sanctions on Iran at the same time that it is becoming increasingly clear the United States is unlikely to persuade Russia and China to approve anything stronger than a mild slap on the wrist for their Iranian friends. Yesterday President Obama said “We are going to be pushing very hard to make sure that both smart and strong sanctions end up being in place soon to send a signal to Iran and other countries that this is an issue that the international community takes seriously.”

    But Obama’s naïve belief in the seriousness of the “international community” was immediately contradicted by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, who made it clear that Moscow sees things differently. Although he agreed that nations should not “turn a blind eye” to Iran’s nuclear defiance, he indicated that Russia would not support sanctions that would punish Iran’s people or encourage regime change. He told reporters in Prague, where he and Obama signed an arms control agreement on nuclear weapons, that: “Let me put it straightforward. I have outlined our limits for such sanctions.”

    Faced with diplomatic foot-dragging from Russia, and even stronger resistance from China, the Obama Administration has dropped its talk about imposing “crippling sanctions” against Iran. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton last month lowered the bar by talking about “sanctions with bite.” But any sanctions that come out of the U.N. Security Council are likely to be relatively toothless.

    Such weak sanctions are unlikely to make much of an impact on the defiant Iranian regime. In fact the head of Iran’s nuclear program, Ali Akbar Salehi, today announced that Iran is building a new generation of centrifuges that can enrich uranium ten times faster than previous models.

    Another Iranian official warned today that Tehran would depend on its violent friends, not the “international community,” to take action against the United States if it threatened Iran’s security. Ahmad Khatami, a member of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, said that “If America makes a crazy move, its interests will be endangered by Iran’s allies around the globe.” That is not exactly the kind of engagement that the Obama Administration has been seeking in its failed effort to resolve festering issues with Iran.

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    5 Responses to Russia Sets Limits on U.N. Iran Sanctions

    1. lipservice says:

      IT IS CLEAR BY NOW US ANTI IRAN TIRADE IS ONLY ON BEHALF OF UNBREAKABLE BOND ISRAEL, NOT THE WORLD.

      U.S. leaders often claim that they’re acting against Iran on behalf of the whole Middle East region, implying that their strategy has the backing of Arab governments. Washington hawks insist that the Arabs would applaud if the U.S. bombed Iran, utilising the silence of the Arab regimes to speak as if on their behalf. That underscores the importance of the Arab voices that have begun challenging the idea that a confrontation with Iran could produce any positive outcome.

      At last week’s Arab League summit, the secretary general Amr Moussa called for the stand-off to be tackled through Arab dialogue with Iran. “We need to see where we differ and where we disagree with Iran and how to deal with that,” Mr Moussa said. “Iran is not an enemy but a fraternal state and dialogue will help bring about peace and stability in the region.”

      http://www1.voanews.com/english/news/Arab-League -Summit-Concludes-Amid-More-Criticism-of-Israel- 89360822.html

      Iran reassures Arabs over nuclear work.

      A senior member of the Iranian parliament has reassured regional Arab countries that Tehran's nuclear work will not pose a threat to them.

      http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=122784&s

      Saudis deny discussing pressure on China over Iran with US

      (AFP) ? Mar 12, 2010

      RIYADH ? Saudi Arabia denied on Friday that its officials had discussed with US Defence Secretary Robert Gates putting pressure on China to back a new round of sanctions on Iran over its nuclear ambitions.
      http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALe qM5jaJXpOyBOpnjEQrPcu88EvcLvnYA

      UNLIKE NORTH KOREA, IRAN, A SIGNATORY TO THE NUCLEAR NON-PROLIFERATION TREATY (NPT), HAS DENIED THE ACCUSATIONS, STRESSING THAT ITS NUCLEAR PROGRAM IS DIRECTED AT THE CIVILIAN APPLICATIONS OF THE TECHNOLOGY.

      TO GET SANCTION AGAINST IRAN, US MUST PROVE ITS PRO ISRAEL ANTI ISLAM BASELESS ZIONIST hypothetically SPECULATIVE PROPAGANDA ACCUSATIONS OR SUSPICIONS AGAINST ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN TO BUILD NUCLEAR WEAPONS BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT AND MIDEAST NATIONS TO HAVE PERMANENT IMPARTIAL VETO WIELDING MEMBER AT UN SECURITY COUNCIL FOR THE JURY.

      RUSSIA AND CHINA SHALL NOT RUSH TO VOTE ON IRAN SANCTION. US WILL DUMP BOTH OF RUSSIA AND CHINA BY POSSIBLE ECONOMIC WAR AFTER THEY GOT THE VOTES. US HAS IMPORTANT HIGH UNEMPLOYMENT RATES WAITING AND HIGH GAS PRICES. PAST HISTORY HAS PROVED IT. IRAN HAS HAD NO PROBLEM WITH RUSSIA AND CHINA IN THE PAST.

      OTHERWISE, THE SANCTION IS UNFAIR AND UNJUST. NO JUSTICE NO PEACE.

      CHAPTER VII OF THE UNITED NATIONS CHARTER ARTICLE 51 PROVIDES FOR THE RIGHT OF COUNTRIES TO ENGAGE IN MILITARY ACTION IN SELF DEFENSE, INCLUDING COLLECTIVE SELF DEFENSE FOR IRAN IF BEING ATTACKED WITH ALL OPTIONS ON TABLE

      ERDOGAN CALLS ISRAEL IS THE REAL THREAT TO PEACE IN MIDEAST.
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230 3591204575169980169518418.html?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDL EThirdNews

    2. Michelle - Davis, Ca says:

      “If America makes a crazy move, its interests will be endangered by Iran’s allies around the globe.”

      If I am not mistaken, the above statement is a threat against the United States. And just as these threats are made Mr. Obama pursues more "dialogue", ever milder sanctions, a reduction of U.S. nuclear arms, a public promise not to use nukes on the very states most likely to attack the United States and with derision and contempt attacks Israel, America's single most valuable friend and ally. What will it take for the Democrats to accept that the President's policies are dangerous? I, for one, am very, very afraid.

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    4. nammer says:

      Buy the time this is all said and done Iran will have the bomb. And proable had a war already.Them funny looking man runing that country want muscle to provoke IsRael and a few others. And get strong with Syira then thats two nuclear countrys. That love war;

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