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UN envoys fail to find agreement about Iran
Cat : Peace And Security
Date : 2006-11-09 17:26:06                      Reader : 265

same way as U.S. if not more. Also EU and China, all have their own views and strategies that must be respected by U.S. In fact U.S. snobbery should come to an end. U.S. must obey world community and abandon its monopole policy. 

 

WNN 9/11/2006

UN envoys fail to find agreement about Iran
U.S. accuses Russia of pulling back from sanctions agreement
By Warren Hoge / The New York Times

UNITED NATIONS, New York: A meeting of six nations working on a resolution to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions has broken up with the ambassadors reporting widening disagreements and lessening prospects of a swift accord.

"The mood is not right for serious discussions," said Wang Guangya, the ambassador of China, emerging from the meeting Tuesday evening of the five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany, whose envoys had gathered at the French Mission.

"Clearly, I think in a number of difficult areas that the differences cannot be bridged," he said. "So I believe there ought to be more reflections in the capitals, and also I believe that we need to talk to each other."

John Bolton, the U.S. ambassador, left the session hurriedly without making his customary comment. "Gotta go, gotta go," he said, as he brushed by reporters and entered his limousine.

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Globalist: Fast move on Rumsfeld suggests Bush listensAsked how the session had gone, Vitaly Churkin, the Russian ambassador, had a flippant response: "Nothing spectacular. Another day at the office."

Earlier in the day, Bolton charged that Russia had pulled back from an agreement made in July by the foreign ministers of the six nations to impose sanctions on Iran if it did not meet an Aug. 31 deadline to suspend its uranium enrichment.

"I don't know how we're going to work it out, because the Russian version is very different than what we think the foreign ministers agreed to," Bolton said.

Told of Bolton's comments, Churkin chided the American. "After our last meeting our colleagues asked me not to criticize their draft," he said. "I said I would not, on the condition that they would not be criticizing our approach."

Contesting Bolton's point, Churkin said, "We believe that our attitude, approach and our proposals are fully in conformity with the understanding by the ministers."

Siding with the Russian, Wang said, "The readout that we are hearing from the ambassadors here is not the same that we agreed to."

Churkin also disputed a U.S. attempt to insert into the text a description of Iran's action as a threat to international peace and security, a phrase used in Security Council resolutions to justify harsher action. "We don't see it that way," Churkin said. "We don't believe we're at that stage."

The ambassadors were working from a draft resolution drawn up two weeks ago by Britain, France and Germany, with amendments suggested by Russia and the United States.

The resolution would prohibit technical or financial assistance that could benefit Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, freeze the assets of any Iranians involved in nuclear activities and bar them from international travel.

In general, the Russian changes seek to limit punitive actions against the Iranians and emphasize the need for further negotiation, while the proposals from Washington broaden the measure's sweep and toughen the punishment.

"The problem is that we think that our tool kit is full of tools," Churkin said, "and for some reason, for some people, there is only demand and sanctions - the hammer and sickle."

Iranian minister delays trip

The foreign minister of Iran on Wednesday abruptly postponed a visit to Russia planned for this week, officials said, according to The Associated Press in Moscow.

The foreign minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, had been scheduled to hold talks with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, during a two-day visit starting Thursday.

But a Russian Foreign Ministry official said that the visit had been canceled. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

Iran's apparent diplomatic snub came after Russian officials appeared to suggest it could delay the completion of Iran's first nuclear power station.

Experts say that Moscow, which has refused to back tough European-proposed UN sanctions against Iran over its disputed nuclear program, could be using its $1 billion contract to build an atomic power plant in Bushehr, southern Iran, as a lever of pressure on Tehran.

A senior Russian nuclear official said earlier Wednesday that Russia would shortly assess the timetable for completing construction of Bushehr.

In September, Russia agreed to ship fuel to Bushehr by March 2007 and launch the facility in September, adding to the concerns of the U.S. and others over Tehran's nuclear ambitions.

But on Tuesday an unidentified Russian nuclear industry official was quoted as saying by news agencies that Russia could postpone the timetable if Iran failed to meet unspecified commitments.

According to the Itar-Tass news agency, one of the problems officially is that Iran has not adhered to a payment schedule.


 
 
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