Thursday, November 17, 2011

Iran to avoid new sanctions over nuclear work, thanks to Obama

President Obama remains adamant that the so-called "Reset button" in US/Russian relations - the one he claims [pretends] to have crafted [heh] - must stay intact. Hence Iran will continue to avoid further sanctions, despite a recent IAEA report that says Iran is nearing the threshold of nuclear capability:
The much-awaited resolution by the UN's atomic watchdog will not propose tougher sanctions against the Iranian regime – despite its report claiming that the country may be trying to acquire a nuclear arsenal.

After lengthy discussions and pressure from Russia and China, the document, due to be made public today, avoids calling for punitive measures while expressing "deep and increasing concern" over Iran's atomic work.

The 35-nation board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has not set a deadline for inspectors to be allowed access to the program Tehran is alleged to be carrying out in secret towards developing the bomb. And there are no plans, at present, to refer the matter to the UN Security Council for further action....
The Wall Street Journal noted on Wednesday:
A new U.S. and European-led push to censure Iran before the United Nations nuclear agency for alleged efforts to develop atomic weapons is facing resistance from Russia, China and a bloc of developing countries, which threaten to dilute any international punishment.

American and European officials on Wednesday said they believed they would reach an agreement with Beijing and Moscow on a resolution condemning Tehran's nuclear work, which will be presented to the International Atomic Energy Agency's 35-nation board of governors in Vienna on Thursday.

But they said this statement won’t refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council or lead to a fifth, more severe round of U.N.-backed sanctions against Tehran.
So, thanks to the President's outstanding achievement in resetting US/Russian relations, the U.S. is now ceding its foreign policy decisions to Russia.

Ah yes, the good, ol', wonderful "reset button" - Obama's crowning achievement......