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Posted: 3/30/2006 7:57:09 AM EDT
OK...I'm thinking it'll be between 3-6 months before something big happens in Iran. Anyone want to guess as to when the SHTF over there?

HH
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Iran Defiantly Rejects New U.N. Demands

By GEORGE JAHN
Associated Press Writer

BERLIN (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice warned Iran on Thursday the "international community is united" in the dispute over its nuclear program, but a Tehran envoy defiantly rejected a U.N. call to reimpose a freeze on uranium enrichment.

Rice spoke after a meeting in Berlin among diplomats from the five veto-wielding members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany over ways to press Iran to stop enriching uranium, which can be used for weapons. Iran says its program is peaceful.

The meeting follows agreement Wednesday by the 15-member Security Council to ask the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to report back in 30 days on Iran's compliance with demands to stop enriching uranium.

In Vienna, Iran's chief representative to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, told The Associated Press that "it is impossible to go back to suspension."

"This enrichment matter is not reversible," Soltanieh said.

Rice said the Berlin meeting sends "a very strong signal to Iran that the international community is united."

She hinted at escalating Security Council action should Iran disregard the council's demand that it freeze enrichment, although remarks from Russian and Chinese representatives suggested strains in the alliance facing down Tehran.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the issue of sanctions was not discussed at the meeting and were not supported by Moscow.

British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw says Iran "miscalculated."


"Russia on principle doesn't think sanctions can achieve a settlement, especially in the Middle East where there's so much going on," he said.

Lavrov's remarks were echoed by China's Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo, who called for a "peaceful solution" and added there was "too much turmoil" in the region.

"This issue is among the most difficult and complicated in today's world, it requires time, persistence and wisdom, and it can only be resolved through peaceful means," Dai said, adding his country would "work together with the other sides."

The United States and Britain used tougher rhetoric.

British Foreign Minister Jack Straw said Iran had "miscalculated."

"The onus is on Iran to show the international community that its program is entirely for civil purposes and for no other," Straw said. "We have shown very great patience with Iran. They in turn have miscalculated.

"They thought the international community would be divided on this issue but in fact they have become more and more united," he added.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that his country and the five permanent members remained intent on a "diplomatic solution" to the dispute.

He held out hope Tehran might reconsider, telling reporters: "We hope that the declaration by the Iranian ambassador is not the last word offered on this."

Steinmeier said the 30-day window agreed on by the Security Council declaration gives Iran time to "make a choice between isolation ... or a return to the negotiating table.

"We all very much hope that Iran will seize the offer to resume negotiations and we use this opportunity to once again call on Iran to suspend all enrichment activities and to open up once again the path leading to negotiations," he said.

Wednesday's statement from the Security Council took into account the Russian and Chinese reservations about too much toughness, while meeting U.S., French and British calls for keeping the pressure on Tehran.

The modest statement did not go as far as the United States had wanted. It is not legally binding and carries no explicit penalties for Iran if it does not comply, but Rice said it is an important first step. The Security Council could eventually impose economic sanctions, though Russia and China say they oppose such tough measures.

The statement also calls on Iran to ratify the IAEA's additional protocol, which allows unannounced inspections.

The Security Council could eventually impose economic sanctions, though Russia and China say they oppose such tough measures.

The Europeans initially proposed a much stronger statement but accepted a milder one to secure the support of Russia and China. Western countries agreed to drop language that proliferation "constitutes a threat to international peace and security." Also gone is a mention that the council is specifically charged under the U.N. charter with addressing such threats.

Russia and China had opposed that language because they wanted nothing in the statement that could automatically trigger council action after 30 days.

The West has refused to rule out sanctions, and U.S. officials have said the threat of military action must also remain on the table.

In Geneva, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki condemned "unjustified propaganda" about its program.

"Iran's nuclear program is peaceful and has never diverted towards prohibited activities," Mottaki told the 65-nation Conference on Disarmament.

But, he added, Iran is willing to continue talks with the IAEA.

"We are willing to continue with negotiations and also continue with our sincere and constructive cooperation with the agency," Mottaki told reporters. "Our cooperation with the agency will continue."

Negotiations between Iran and France, Germany and Britain collapsed in August after Tehran rejected a package of incentives offered in return for a permanent end to uranium enrichment. Its moves to develop full-blown enrichment capabilities led the IAEA's board to ask for Security Council involvement.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:00:51 AM EDT
Iran needs some canned sunshine to brighten their day
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:01:37 AM EDT
My guess? June or July of this year, Iran is going to do something that causes the S to HTF.

Prime time for gas to hit $3+ per gallon.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:04:21 AM EDT
tag
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:05:07 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
My guess? June or July of this year, Iran is going to do something that causes the S to HTF.

Prime time for gas to hit $3+ per gallon.



I'm just hoping gas doesn't get to the $3.50-3.75 level. If that happens, it's gonna hurt.

Anybody know how tough this new Israeli leader is?

HH
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:05:10 AM EDT
Can only cross my fingers
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:05:11 AM EDT
7 years and 18 U.N. resolutions later.... nothing will have happened.

U.N. : "Cut it out."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "NO!"

U.N. : "No, really. Cut it out."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "Shut up. Your stupid." [throws handfull of rocks at U.N.]

U.N. : "Come on... Quit it."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "What are you gonna do about it?" [sticks out tongue at U.N.]

U.N. : "We're tellin." [kicks up some dust, head hung low]

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : [Beats up U.N.]

U.N. : "OUCH! You're hurting me! WAHHHHHH!!!!!"



The U.N. is worthless. It is more than worthless, it is dangerous. The U.N. can make all the idle threats it wants to, but the fact reamains it will not do anything.

Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:07:44 AM EDT
Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.
Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?
Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.
Kim Jong Il: Or else what?
Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:09:42 AM EDT

Originally Posted By macman37:
My guess? June or July of this year, Iran is going to do something that causes the S to HTF.

Prime time for gas to hit $3+ per gallon.




3 ha, try 5-6
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:14:59 AM EDT
Nothing is going to happen through the UN, china and Russia will block any action. Hell, it took them weeks just to write a "nasty" letter to them, sanctions are unlikely and military action is out of the question.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:33:13 AM EDT

Originally Posted By efpeter:
7 years and 18 U.N. resolutions later.... nothing will have happened.

U.N. : "Cut it out."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "NO!"

U.N. : "No, really. Cut it out."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "Shut up. Your stupid." [throws handfull of rocks at U.N.]

U.N. : "Come on... Quit it."

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : "What are you gonna do about it?" [sticks out tongue at U.N.]

U.N. : "We're tellin." [kicks up some dust, head hung low]

7 year old boy on the playground of any school : [Beats up U.N.]

U.N. : "OUCH! You're hurting me! WAHHHHHH!!!!!"



The U.N. is worthless. It is more than worthless, it is dangerous. The U.N. can make all the idle threats it wants to, but the fact reamains it will not do anything.




LOL that's a pretty good summation.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:36:04 AM EDT
solution:




no ground invasion, just bomb the living shit out of them
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:36:42 AM EDT
If Iran does try something, they'll time it so the Dems can gain during the elections.

And the Dems will welcome it.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:40:54 AM EDT

international community is united


united as in how many hands are in the cookie jar? Germany, France, Russa, China,...
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:43:11 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Chaingun:

international community is united


united as in how many hands are in the cookie jar? Germany, France, Russa, China,...



war by committee
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:43:56 AM EDT

Iran Defiantly Rejects New U.N. Demands




Why does this not suprise me one little bit
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 8:50:33 AM EDT
If I were President, Iran would have a trajic nuclear accident in the next few months.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:05:47 AM EDT
Draft all the illegal "immigrants" and put them on the ground in Iran. 2 problems solved.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:09:59 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
Draft all the illegal "immigrants" and put them on the ground in Iran. 2 problems solved.



Yeah, sure, give the illegals training in weapons and urban warfare... oh wait, you asuming they won't make it back.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:55:16 AM EDT

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
Draft all the illegal "immigrants" and put them on the ground in Iran. 2 problems solved.



Yeah, sure, give the illegals training in weapons and urban warfare... oh wait, you asuming they won't make it back.



who said anything about training and arming them?
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:57:43 AM EDT

Originally Posted By RABIDFOX50:

Iran Defiantly Rejects New U.N. Demands


Why does this not suprise me one little bit




If anyone IS suprised by that, they should be sterilized immediately to prevent such congenital and abject stupidity from spreading any further.

Better yet, just take them out back and shoot them.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 10:05:49 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 10:07:09 AM EDT by carguym14]

Originally Posted By Mall-Ninja:

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:

Originally Posted By NeedMoreAmmo:
Draft all the illegal "immigrants" and put them on the ground in Iran. 2 problems solved.



Yeah, sure, give the illegals training in weapons and urban warfare... oh wait, you asuming they won't make it back.



who said anything about training and arming them?





[lmao]

China and Russia will be the wildcards.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 11:09:37 AM EDT

Iran Defiantly Rejects New U.N. Demands



Well, hell..... I defiantly reject U.N. Demands.


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