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Spain, Russia: Too Early For Iran Sanctions

From a delighted Al Jazeera:

Further Iran sanctions challenged


Miguel Angel Moratinos, Spain’s foreign minister, has called for continuation of diplomatic efforts to solve Iran’s nuclear issue and Russia has questioned the usefulness of additional sanctions.

The two separate comments come as US officials have said a meeting would be held in London on Monday to discuss fresh sanctions.

The countries were reacting on Thursday to a report from the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on continuation of uranium enrichment by Iran, despite UNSC Resolution 1737.

More dialogue

Moratinos said Spain would push for dialogue in the European Union.

He called for employment of all the required potentials to opt for a diplomatic solution to the problem to avoid unwanted situations which might lead to confrontation or rising tension between Iran and the international community.

The Spanish foreign minister was addressing a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart Saud al-Faisal in Madrid.

Vitaly Churkin, Moscow’s UN ambassador, said the goal is to reach a political solution, not impose sanctions.

Churkin said: “We should not lose sight of the goal and the goal is not to have a resolution or to impose sanctions. The goal is to accomplish a political outcome of this problem.” …

Existing UN sanctions include bans on trade in sensitive nuclear materials with Iran.

New measures under review are thought to include a mandatory travel ban on Iranian officials involved in the nuclear program and an end to government-backed loans and credits.

The measures would also include restrictions on visas to students studying nuclear-related subjects abroad

Awkward position

Iran has said it wants to negotiate with the Europeans, led by Germany, and even the US, but has refused to halt its nuclear enrichment program as a precondition for talks

Iran’s former president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani says a new UN resolution would be counter-productive:

The right way is for you (the UN) to give up bullying conditions, abandon the pre-conditions and come to sit with us around the negotiating table,” he said.

After leading Friday prayers in Tehran, Rafsanjani addressed the West directly: “Your most important concern is you do not have confidence that Iran’s nuclear programme is not for military purposes. We are prepared to give guarantees that such a thing will never happen.”

Many analysts say Iran remains three to 10 years away from accumulating enough highly-enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb.

Time for diplomacy

Henry Sokolski, executive director of the nonproliferation policy education centre in Washington said: “The Russians and the Chinese have the measure of things.

Everyone would prefer to have negotiations.”

But he said the International Atomic Energy Agency report “puts the UN Security Council in the awkward position of having to do what it said it would do, which is more sanctions”

This position was re-iterated on Friday. Speaking on Al Jazeera, Gregory Schulte, the US ambassador to the IAEA said: “The report is very persuasive … Iran has not suspended its activities”.

However he also said that the position remains that there would still be scope for negotiations, if Iran meets the conditions laid down by the UN.

The good news is that Iran does not have nuclear weapons,” he said, “there is still time for diplomacy."

And the other good news is that even when Iran gets its nuclear capability and blows up Tel Aviv it will still be time for diplomacy.

The United Nations might even cut its aid to their nuclear program down to a quarter of what it was before, just to really show them how serious they are.

Many analysts say Iran remains three to 10 years away from accumulating enough highly-enriched uranium to build an atomic bomb.

What a preposterous lie.

Even for Al Jazeera.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, February 23rd, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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