Monday, January 16, 2006

Permanent UN Security Council members meet on Iran

Today, the chief U.N. Security Council powers met to try and iron out a unified policy on Iran.

The London meeting of permanent Council members Britain, France, Russia, China and the United States, along with Germany, was aimed at bridging differences over Iran to prepare for an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The West wants it to convene next month.

Russia has a $1 billion dollar stake in Iran's nuclear program, not tomention arms sales, and Beijing is a top consumer of Iran's oil.

But Putin seems to at least be paying lip service to curbing Iran's nukes, saying "As for Russia, and Germany, and our European partners and the United States, we have very close positions on the Iranian problem."

The Freedom Fighter points out that sanctions wouild be largely meaningless, given Russia's land border with Iran. And thus Putin has little to lose either way.

The dance continues.

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