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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Bush Gives Iran an Ultimatum on Uranium

By Aussiegirl

Time was an American ultimatum included carriers and warships and gunships and naval blockades -- now it's goodie packages for playing nice.

I'm sorry, this is pathetic -- the gist of this "ultimatum" appears to be -- if you don't "suspend" (why not "end"?) enrichment, then we won't be nice to you and give you all sorts of benefits. The "package" includes benefits and "possible sanctions". Why in the world would they think this will persuade the madman waiting for the mullah to pop out of the well? And Bush talking with Putin for 18 minutes isn't going to accomplish anything either. Putin is never going to side with the U.S. on this, except to pretend that he is, in order to stall for time. Just like N. Korea - once Iran has a nuke, then it's too late to do anything about it. We must support an Iranian revolution.

Bush Gives Iran an Ultimatum on Uranium

Bush Gives Iran an Ultimatum on Uranium
By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
Monday, June 19, 2006

President Bush told Iran on Monday that nations worldwide won't back down from their demand that Tehran suspend uranium enrichment.

"Iran's leaders have a clear choice. We hope they will accept our offer and voluntarily suspend these activities so we can work out an agreement that will bring Iran real benefits," Bush said a day before leaving for Vienna, Austria, where he will talk with European Union officials who are leading efforts to resolve the nuclear dispute.

If Iran's leaders reject the offer, they will face action before the U.N. Security Council and progressively stronger political and economic sanctions, Bush said during a commencement speech at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Bush discussed Iran with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday during an 18-minute phone call Putin placed to Bush. "The presidents agreed on the importance of remaining united in their efforts to press Iran to suspend all enrichment activities and begin negotiations on the incentives package," said Kate Starr, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council.

On Sunday, Iran accused the United States of trying to sway European nations from a possible compromise. The Iranian foreign ministry said U.S. insistence that negotiations be conditioned on Tehran's suspension of uranium enrichment has narrowed the scope of possible solutions, and made it more difficult for all parties to reach an accord.

Bush made it clear he would not budge. He said allowing Iran to enrich uranium, a process that can make nuclear fuel for a power plant or fissile material for an atomic bomb, would present a grave threat to the world.

"The United States has offered to come to the table with our partners and meet with Iran's representatives as soon as the Iranian regime fully and verifiably suspends its uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities," Bush said. "I have a message for the Iranian regime: America and our partners are united. We have presented a reasonable offer. Iran's leaders should see our proposal for what it is — a historic opportunity to set their country on a better course."

On June 6, European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana presented a package of rewards and possible penalties to Iran. The package was drawn up by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council — the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia — and Germany.

The package calls on Iran to suspend, not permanently halt, uranium enrichment as a condition for the start of talks, although the negotiations are aimed at getting Iran to agree to a long-term moratorium on such activity. [....]


At 12:54 PM, Blogger Neil Craig said...

Why would Putin stall for time? His interest is purely in being seen as not a nutcase by both sides.

Unless we assume he is a genuine idealist intent on standing up for the rule of international law he has no real reason not to be happy with the US getting stuck in to Iran - just so long as Russia isn't involved.


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