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EU: Too Soon To Talk About Sanctions On Iran

From the easily duped Associated Press:

A view of the Arak heavy-water project 120 miles southwest of Tehran August 26, 2006. Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched a new phase in the Arak heavy-water reactor project on Saturday, despite Western fears it is aimed at producing a bomb.

EU: Too Early for Sanctions Against Iran

By ROBERT WIELAARD, Associated Press Writer

Friday, September 1, 2006

LAPPEENRANTA, Finland (AP) — The European Union said Friday it was too early to impose sanctions on Iran for its failure to halt uranium enrichment by a U.N.-imposed deadline, and announced it would be meeting early next week with Iran's top nuclear negotiator.

"For the EU, diplomacy remains the No. 1 way forward," said Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency. He told a news conference "this is not the time or place" for the international community to hit Iran with sanctions over its nuclear program.

Iran defied a Thursday U.N. Security Council deadline to stop uranium enrichment, raising the prospect of U.N. economic and other sanctions. In Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reiterated that his country would not be bullied into giving up what he called Iran's right to nuclear technology.

U.S. President George W. Bush said Thursday that Iran has responded with defiance and delay to demands to stop enriching uranium. In Russia, Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said Moscow regrets Iran's decision, and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow would propose ways to resolve the standoff, suggesting that strong sanctions would be counterproductive, Russian news agencies said.

Tuomioja said if Iran indeed seeks negotiations, "then we have to see what the conditions are." "We are still, all of us, wanting to engage Iran seriously," he said at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Finland. U.S. and other officials have said no action will be sought against Tehran before European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana meets with Ali Larijani, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, next week to seek a compromise…

Gosh, we never saw this coming.

And never mind this earlier story from the "Paper Of Treason," the New York Times:

Highly Enriched Uranium Found at Iranian Plant – New York Times

September 1, 2006

VIENNA, Aug. 31 — The global nuclear monitoring agency deepened suspicions on Thursday about Iran’s nuclear program, reporting that inspectors had discovered new traces of highly enriched uranium at an Iranian facility.

Inspectors have found such uranium, which at extreme enrichment levels can fuel bombs, twice in the past. The International Atomic Energy Agency concluded that at least some of those samples came from contaminated equipment that Iran had obtained from Pakistan.

But in this case, the nuclear fingerprint of the particles did not match the other samples, an official familiar with the inspections said, raising questions about their origin.

In a six-page report to the United Nations Security Council on Thursday, the agency withheld judgment about where the material came from and whether it could be linked to a secret nuclear program…

Let's not be too hasty now.

We don’t want to make Mr. Ahmadinejad "mad."

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