Thursday, December 03, 2009

Matthias Küntzel: The West goes wobbly on Iran

On November 18, Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki rejected a proposal that his country should export some 70 percent of its low-enriched uranium for further processing abroad. On November 20, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany met in Brussels and urged Iran to reconsider. “I continue to hold out the prospect that they may decide to walk through this door,” explained Barack Obama, though he noted at the same time, “Over the next several weeks, we will be developing a package of potential steps .  .  . that would indicate our seriousness to Iran.” Russia’s foreign ministry, as usual, contradicted him: “There is currently no discussion on working out additional sanctions against Iran.”
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