Sunday, January 17, 2010

Move Toward More Iranian Sanctions

Representatives of the permanent five members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have met in New York to consider additional sanctions against Iran because of that nation's failure to live up to its agreement to send its enriched uranium abroad.

Sending the enriched uranium to Russia would ensure that it not be used by Iran to build nuclear weapons.

The nations agreed that the Security Council should now consider additional measures against Tehran. But no consensus was reached about what, specifically, should be done. One reason is that China sent a low-level representative to the meeting.

Iran responded in typical fashion. The official IRNA news agency is reporting today that Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mihman-Parast termed the meeting a "failure" and said that it was "only natural" that an agreement on action wasn't reached.

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