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Stalemate continues on Iran

Reuters reports this morning that the US government has initiated a round of communications between all of the non-Iranians involved in the Iran nuclear weapons debate. It is part of an effort to "produce a unified message", a task made more challenging by yesterday's announcement of agreement between Russia and China. A multi-national agreement on behalf of the west is necessary partly because the American government does not have the diplomatic power it could have, owing to the fact that it just signed deals for the transfer of nuclear technology to India, a country that has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

So far, the stalemate continues, with Russia and China still holding out on signing their draft statement to the UN. American Ambassador (snicker) John Bolton snottily suggested:
We're waiting for the outcome of the conversations at higher pay grades
Word up, John; snide remarks about foreign ambassadors ain't gonna win any friends. Dick.

To add irony to peevishness, Condoleezza Rice, just after the third anniversary of a war started by her government based on lies errors in intelligence, suggested there was an:

an erosion of confidence in Iran "because they lied to the IAEA for 18 years
All non-Iranian nations in this "negotiation" agree that Iran has the right to peaceful nuclear power, however they do not want Iran to pursue uranium enrichment on its own soil for fear that at least some of the product, which will be weapons-grade, will be diverted for military use. The proposal to have enrichment occur in Russia has been adopted, however the Russian and Chinese governments want to have punitive measures withdrawn from the document:

"The draft includes points that effectively lay the groundwork for sanctions against Iran," (Russian Foreign Minister Sergei) Lavrov told the Interfax news agency on Wednesday. "We will hardly be able to support this version."

The current stalemate has been created in part by the attempt to craft a UN Security Council resolution to put pressure on Iran. The article concludes:
Britain and France have considered dropping the idea of a council statement, which requires agreement by all 15 members. Instead they would turn the statement into a resolution, which needs nine favorable votes and no veto, and dare Russia and China to vote "no."
This whole thing is going to get real interesting in the coming days.

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