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Thursday, January 12, 2006

Annan: Iran wants to talk about nuclear issues - Mideast/N. Africa - MSNBC.com

Annan: Iran wants to talk about nuclear issues - Mideast/N. Africa - MSNBC.com

Foreign ministers from France, Germany and Britain declare negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program had reached a “dead end” and the Islamic republic should be referred to the U.N. Security Council.

I would imagine that this is for ACTION!!! This, mind you, is just a referral, no specifics like sanctions or anything, especially since the Iranians have previously indicated they don't want any of those thanks.

However, Secretary General Kofi Annan has jumped in to save the day stating that Iran's top nuclear negotiator is interested in “serious and constructive negotiations.”

Whereas, negotiations to date have been the as expected, comedic and destructive.

According to Annan, “He affirmed to me that they are interested in serious and constructive negotiations but within a time frame, indicating that the last time they did it for two years and no result,” Annan told reporters.

No result that they were interested in. Obviously the Iranians need a little more time to get their nuclear activity for "peaceful means" up and running. Likely the discussion took place in Mr. Annan's swell, but missing car.

Nuclear proliferation expert (italics mine) Francois Gere said, “There is absolutely no discussion of punishment for the moment in the French approach.”

Ah, oui, yes, non?

Sanctions would likely hike oil, gas prices

Oil sanctions would be double-edged and likely would affect oil and gas prices, he said.

Something that I guess we mean, bullyish "unilateral" and dimwitted Americans can understand I guess. And as you see, no further explanation is necessary.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier stressed that the Europeans remain ready to solve the problem “diplomatically, multilaterally and by peaceful means.”

I guess it all depends upon how one defines "solve."

"Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has vowed to press ahead with a nuclear program that Iran says is designed to produce civilian energy."

As civilian Iranians are well known for their complete lack of energy. The original couch potatoes.

Also it looks as though Russia and China are beginning to come around and saying they might approve "sanctions" if Iran is brought before the Security Council.

However, Iran has said "no thanks," and France never gets to a punishment point.

When it's all said and done, it's not bad for a years work.


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