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Headline: Resolution Stops Short of Harsh Sanctions for Iran

Shortly following Bush's tense statements calling Iran the world's leading state sponsor of terror, Britain, China, France, Russia, the United States, and Germany agreed today to new sanctions against the country. The draft UN resolution calls for direct talks with Iran, which would also include the US. After talks in Berlin, the permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany agreed to the resolution, which encourages the international community to be vigilant, but does not go as far as the US had hoped.

Russia and China, who have trade relations with Iran, strongly oppose harsh sanctions, especially following last month's US intelligent report which concluded that Iran ended its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Washington had been pushing for broad sanctions, similar to unilateral US sanction imposed last year. Instead, all six nations agreed to a carrot and stick approach, offering incentives to Iran for suspending uranium enrichment, and further sanctions if it does not.

The exact details of the resolution will not be revealed until it is presented to the other 10 members of the UN Security Council for passage.


minaminamina minaminamina 9 years
You know, I find it hysterical that Iran is viewed as so dangerous by Americans. Anyone with two minutes of time can look up the information on the current Iranian administration and decide that: 1) The Iranian prez is indeed a big mouth, and says a lot of crazy things - none of which have ever even remotely resembled "We're going to destroy Israel" or "We're going to destroy the United States" or "Kill infidels" and all that. It's more like "We don't believe in the nation of Israel" and "The US is some scary mofos!" and "Yeah, we're an Islamic nation - kind of like Israel is a Jewish one" 2) Iranian women and Iranian liberals tend to like Ahmadinejad because he consistently has pushed Iranian gov't officials and police to stop violence against women, academics, and the like - he's not stupid. He knows people with civil rights will transform the nation into a productive work force and proud citizens. 3) Even the crazy stuff he says is kind of pointless to get mad about. He doesn't believe in Israel? Big whoop - that's nothing like trying to destroy it, at all. The U.S. doesn't believe in Cuba - should we warn Cubans to start preparing for battle? 4) They stopped their nuclear program. Meanwhile, countless other countries (including U.S. allies) have been breaking nuclear laws all over the place in every region of the world - why are we in such a tizzy about Iran NOT breaking nuclear laws? Is it because it's a Muslim nation? Is it because they're brown skinned? I get confused why we're supposed to be upset about stuff that seems to be completely one-sided. I wouldn't personally want to live in Iran, but I don't perceive them as a threat.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
at least those countries are getting together to plan fair sanctions, however I agree with you terry, Iran probably won't care (hopefully they will so this can all just get sorted out already)
Jillness Jillness 9 years
I feel so at a loss when it comes to foriegn policy, both with Iran and Iraq. I feel like we as citizens have been fed so much false information, it is hard to trust anything. I have to admit, when Bush said that we were heading towards World War III, only to find out weeks later that the NIE had already alerted the administration that Iran wasn't currently working on Nuclear weapons, it really made me doubt most of what Bush has said about Iran. I think they are dangerous and need to be monitored, but we should only act on credible intellegence...not the desire to create an "enemy".
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Iran could care less what sanctions the West places on their country. Ahmadinejad still claims Iran needs nuclear power for electricity only and implores western leaders not to repeat 'mistakes' of the past.
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