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Posted: 3/29/2006 12:29:15 PM EDT
So get this, (courtesy of Reuters)


UN Council powers agree on Iran deal

By Evelyn Leopold

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The five U.N. Security Council agreed on Wednesday on a statement that would call on Iran to suspend parts of its nuclear program that could be used to build weapons, Britain announced.

The new text, which makes concessions to Russia and China, is being referred to the full council for formal approval only hours before foreign ministers of the five powers and Germany meet in Berlin on Thursday to map out strategy on Iran.

The five veto-holding nations -- the United States, Russia, Britain, France and China -- have been negotiating for three weeks to complete the draft statement on how to rein in Iran's suspect programs.

"Our colleagues in the P-5 (permanent five) have reached an agreement on a text," Britain's U.N. ambassador, Emyr Jones Parry, announced to reporters.

Britain and France, backed by the United States, distributed a revised text late on Tuesday to all 15 Security Council members that made concessions to Russia and China. But it still called on Iran to suspend uranium enrichment efforts, which the West believes are a cover for bomb making.

Iran restarted its nuclear enrichment program earlier this year but insists its aim is to develop nuclear energy rather than weapons.

Jones Parry and French ambassador Jean-Marc de la Sabliere, who drafted the text, backed by the United States, said one of Russia's key objections had been removed from the statement.

This was a provision, saying the council was responsible for international peace and security. Russia, in particular, fears such a statement may later be used as a basis for tougher action against Iran, including sanctions.

Negotiations have stretched over three weeks on the statement, which is nonbinding and threatens no punitive measures. But Russia, backed by China, is determined to prevent the possibility of future sanctions or other punitive measures against Iran and wants the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna to control the issue.

The IAEA referred the Iranian issue to the council on March 8 after Tehran resumed nuclear fuel work. This prompted European negotiators -- Germany, France and Britain -- to break off 2-1/2 years of talks.

The statement calls on IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei to report back on Iran's compliance within 30 days instead of the 14 days in the original text.



It's taken the UN THREE WEEKS to come up with a nonbinding, ineffective statement that isn't even a slap on the wrist?

Maybe I'm not so worried about the Blue Helmets taking over here. Maybe Fred's been wrong all along. The UN can't even draft a resolution to severely pooh-pooh blatantly obvious stuff, how are they going to invade the US?
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 12:31:25 PM EDT
[Iran]OK, we'll stop. We promise. [/Iran]
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 12:31:46 PM EDT
When the UN establishes the Peace Force JFK wanted back in the 1960s after the Congo debacle
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