Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Warning or Threat

Here we go. I haven't been much surprised by Iran's posture to the US, but now their "warning" the EU not to push sanctions on Iran's nuclear aspirations.
SARI, Iran -- Iran's president warned Washington's European allies on Tuesday that Iran would reconsider its relations with them if they insist on punishing Tehran for its nuclear program, saying that would amount to an act of "hostility."

His comments came ahead of a meeting in Paris of diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, China, Russia, and Germany to discuss imposing penalties on Iran for refusing to stop uranium enrichment.

"I'm telling you in plain language that as of now on, if you try, whether in your propaganda or at international organizations, to take steps against the rights of the Iranian nation, the Iranian nation will consider it an act of hostility," President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a speech before thousands in northern Iran.

"And if you insist on pursuing this path," he continued, Iran "will reconsider its relations with you."
Sound likes a threat to me. Nothing like starting diplomatic talks off with a threat.
French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Monday that the six nations were nearing an agreement on a Security Council resolution.

Iran says it is entitled as a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes. The U.S. and its allies suspect it is developing a weapons program in secret. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, has criticized Iran for concealing significant aspects of its nuclear work and says it has failed to answer all questions about its program.

No doubt Bolton's crummy performance at the UN is the reason the talks of sanctions is so close to becoming a reality. Russia is even allegedly on board, though I'll remain skeptical on that one until there is actual activity proving they are taking the right side.

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