Russian President Vladimir Putin(R) shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert during their meeting in the Kremlin, Moscow. Olmert stepped up rhetoric against Iran, saying the its controversial nuclear program could be prevented through intimidation.
Iran warned on Wednesday that a likely U.N. Security Council resolution for imposing sanctions against Tehran would wreck any possibility for a compromise to resolve the standoff over the country’s disputed nuclear program.
France has said a sanctions resolution will likely be circulated at the council by the end of this week. Support for sanctions is growing among leading members after weeks of talks between the European Union and Iran failed to persuade Tehran to suspend uranium enrichment and start broader negotiations over its nuclear ambitions.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, insisted Wednesday that continuing talks with EU foreign policy Chief Javier Solana is “still possible.”
But he warned that “in the case that a new resolution is passed by the Security Council, we will not be in the current point to resume possible talks.”
“Resorting to arm-twisting through the Security Council would be considered a security threat to Iran and will change (Iran’s) behavior,” he said in an interview with the semi-official news agency Mehr.
Larijani said the West knows that their path would incite regional crisis, but he reiterated that Iran is ready for unconditional talks.
Iran, which insists its nuclear program is peaceful, repeatedly has said it would continue enrichment and is not intimidated by the possibility of sanctions.
“Iran will pursue its legitimate right, applying legal and diplomatic means,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Ali Hosseini said Wednesday, according to state television. “Tehran has no doubt of its righteous way in insisting on its right to exploit nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.”
What a JOKE. More Iranian stalling. The United Nations Security Council should impose sanctions first and then negotiate once Iran suspends uranium enrichment.
But, will Iran EVER negotiate seriously?
Iran has a secret nuclear weapons program that would be inspected by the IAEA as part of any negotiated settlement. Iran covets a nuclear weapon and would rather obfuscate and delay past the “point of no return.”
The United States and Israel will NOT wait.
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.