Friday, July 28, 2006

Gives Iran
More Time

Probably because they know they need it to put the finishing touches on their first nuclear weapon:

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - The UN Security Council would consider sanctions against Iran if it does not halt uranium enrichment by August 31, under a resolution drawn up by six major powers, diplomats said.

A text of the proposed resolution was to be distributed to the 15 council nations on Friday, and a vote could be held early next week, US ambassador John Bolton told reporters at the UN headquarters.

If Iran continues to pursue uranium enrichment, "the next step will be the consideration of sanctions in the Security Council, and it would be our intention to move forcefully to get those sanctions adopted," Bolton said.

Russia and China have led opposition to any talk of sanctions in the resolution.
Russia's ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, stressed that the new resolution would not threaten sanctions and that it was "an invitation to dialogue" with Iran.

But he also acknowledged that if Iran did not respond, the Security Council would then consider "measures of pressure, like sanctions" under Article 41 of the UN Charter. Article 41 would not allow the use of force.

Churkin insisted that sanctions would be "the next step, a possibility along with other possibilities."

Diplomats said the resolution would increase pressure on Iran to respond to an offer of economic and political incentives to halt its nuclear production that was made by Britain, France and Germany in June.

Iran has said it will not reply before August 22, nine days before the proposed UN deadline.

I mean, really, you have to wonder what is up with the UN. Do they want Iran to build a bomb?

That seems a rational conclusion.

Bolton is looking mighty weak here, if you ask me.

And, by the way, that August 22nd date? It corresponds with an Islamic day of reckoning:

... the Supreme National Security Council of Iran chose the August 22 date “for a very precise reason. August 21, 2006 (Rajab 27, 1427) is known in the Islamic calendar as the Night of the Sira’a and Miira’aj, the night Prophet Mohammed (saas) ascended to heaven from the Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on a Bourak (Half animal, half man), while a great light lit-up the night sky, and visited Heaven and Hell also Beit al-Saada and Beit al-Shaqaa (House of Happiness and House of Misery) and then descended back to Mecca.…”

Is Ahmadinejad giving the West a warning?

But, you know, the UN can wait until August 31st.