Posted by: bklunk | April 29, 2007

Maybe It Was Iran’s Evil Twin

How to explain the EU-US differences here? Is the European position gullible or is the US approach lacking nuance?

Progress! « Justin Goes “International”

Iran is finally coming to terms. It seems that a talk with a senior EU official has prompted the to take action and slow their nuclear enrichment program down. They seem to be sharing a “united” view on this topic, and it appears to be working out for an adventageous situation. Some are calling this an excellent first step in nuclear negotiations. These new agreements seem to slow or even halt nuclear production on both sides. Seems like a good idea…

The United States is pushing for a permanent dismantling of the nuclear programs, but it seems as if Iran is not willing to jump on board with that idea. They are pushing that, as they are worried about what may have been developed in the past.

Stay tuned for updates…. But in the mean time, back to the Richardson essay.

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  1. The recent amiability of the Iranian president to some world leaders (other than Chavez, Morales, and Fidel) is do in part to the more subtle and controlled approach that the EU has taken to the nuclear enrichment program. However, I also think that he is being reigned in by his superiors. I would not be the first time that it has happened, he did get a couple of slaps on the hand for stepping over the line with a few public comments. It is easy to forget that a man who carries himself in the manner that Ahmadinejad does is still subject to a superior, in this case the Ayatollah. I am not attempting to downplay the influence of the action of the EU, it clearly made a difference. However, I do think that it was not the only factor in Ahmadinejad’s change of heart.

  2. In 2006, James Philipps wrote an article entitled “Nuclear Diplomacy: Keep the Pressure on Iran.” After discussing the hap-hazard efforts of the IAEA and the UN Security Council to deal with the threat of a nuclear Iran, Philipps suggested a solution that would require looking beyond the UN. He said, “If Russia and China continue to shield Iran, the best that can be expected from the Security Council is a symbolic slap on the wrist through limited diplomatic or economic sanctions. The U.S. therefore must make contingency plans to work with Britain, France, Germany, the EU, Japan, and other interested nations to impose targeted economic sanctions outside the UN framework.

    The U.S. already has strong unilateral sanctions in place, but it can tighten them still further. For instance, it could ban the importation of Iranian pistachios and oriental rugs, both of which were exempted from sanctions by the Clinton Administration in a failed effort to launch a diplomatic dialogue with Tehran. The U.S should also rigorously enforce the Iran-Libya Sanctions Act, which penalizes non-Iranian companies that invest in Iran’s oil industry.

    Despite the UN’s weakness in confronting Iran, the Bush Administration must press the diplomatic case at the Security Council to isolate Iran and set the stage for further sanctions, increased international cooperation in containing Iran, and possible military action as a last resort.”

    Iran is not a country that can be viewed in any kind of light manner. They have to potential to be lethal to Israel and Israel’s friends (.i.e. the US!). Something substantial needs to be done on the part of the International Community to keep Ahmadinejad in check…a temporary “change of heart” cannot be relied upon as genuine change.

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