Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speaks in Moscow, Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2006. Lavrov said Tuesday that referring Iran to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions is not the best way to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis, urging all nations involved to keep nonproliferation as their paramount goal. The permanent members of the Security Council, the United States, Russia, France, Britain and China, agreed during a meeting in London on Monday that Iran must fully suspend its nuclear program.
Russia and China made clear on Tuesday they did not favor U.N. sanctions to induce Iran to scale back its nuclear program, and Tehran urged the European Union to return to the negotiating table.
A senior British official dismissed as “vacuous” the Iranian offer, contained in a letter from Javad Vaeedi, deputy head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tehran should first halt all uranium enrichment work.
“Talks presuppose an obligation. The Iranian obligation was to stick to the moratorium,” Lavrov said. “Now Iran (has departed from) the moratorium on scientific research.”
Britain, France and Germany called off the talks last week after Tehran resumed uranium enrichment research, deepening Western suspicions that it is bent on acquiring the bomb.
Washington and its EU allies say it is time the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency sent Iran’s case to the U.N. Security Council, which could eventually decide to impose sanctions on Iran.
More evidence that the United States and Israel are ALONE in dealing with the Iran Nuclear Program.
The United States should prepare for an Iran waterway blockade and/or a military operation to seriously impair Iranian nuclear facilities.
All of this blah blah blah allows Iran to further improve their program to enrich uranium.