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30 July 2006 Blog Home : July 2006 : Permalink

Atoms for Peace?

While the world's attention has been focussed on the Israel Hezbollah conflict, Hezbollah's sponsor was probably hoping that it could manage to delay the pesky UN security council resolutions about it's New Clear Not a Bomb Program. Unfortunately for Iran, just because the media is hyping up Lebanon doesn't mean that the bureaucrats and diplomats are not continuing their previous jobs. The result is that the UNSC is about to pass a resolution on Iran's Not a Bomb Program and Iran is threatening to throw its toys out of the pram:

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it would stop considering international incentives aimed at ending its uranium enrichment program if the U.N. Security Council passes a resolution against its atomic work.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi also warned a resolution against Iran would create what he called a deeper crisis in the Middle East, but he declined to be more specific.

"If they issue a resolution against Iran, the package will no longer be on our agenda," he told a news conference.

"Such a resolution would definitely not help solve regional issues and would create a deeper crisis in the region," he said.

I don't know precisely what the UNSC is going to do with Iran but given that the UN resolution is being moved by France it looks like there is remarkable agreement that something has to be done and that delaying further just allows Iran to get further along on the process.

If the Hezbollah war was intended to take the pressure off Iran it seems to have failed. Indeed the fact that Iran has made bellicose statements in favour of Hezbollah may possibly have made some of the more ostrich-like members of the UN actually realize that they can not continue to ignore the problem and hope it goes away.

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