U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks at the United Nations in New York January 18, 2006. Washington and its EU allies say it is time the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, the IAEA, sent Iran’s case to the U.N. Security Council, which could eventually decide to impose sanctions on Iran.
The Jerusalem Post: Bolton: Bush won’t tolerate nuclear Iran
US President George W. Bush will not accept a nuclear Iran, John Bolton, the US ambassador to the United Nations, said Monday.
Bolton, speaking from New York via video hook-up to the Interdisciplinary Center’s Herzliya Conference, said that Bush was determined to pursue the issue through peaceful and diplomatic means,
According to Bolton, Bush worries that a nuclear-equipped Iran under its current leadership could well engage in a , “and that is just not something he is going to accept.”
Bolton said that if the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) referred the Iranian nuclear issue to the UN Security Council in early February, it would still be unlikely for the UN to immediately slap sanctions on Teheran.
“In the first instance I suspect that if it comes to the Security Council in a few weeks we would look for a statement that essentially calls on Iran to comply with the existing IAEA resolutions,” Bolton said. “I think that would be a gut check for the Iranians, and if they don’t heed that warning we would have to consider what to do next.”
The diplomats are dotting I’s and crossing T’s but will Iran stand down?
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image
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