Iranian Standoff – UN Security Council Meets Thursday To Discuss Possible Sanctions

Iranian Standoff – UN Security Council Meets Thursday To Discuss Possible Sanctions

The US State Department said five permanent members of the Security Council and Germany will meet in Berlin next Thursday to discuss actions to take against Iran after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported to the United Nations that Iran has not suspended their uranium enrichment activities. President Bush insists there must be consequences for disobeying this deadline.

Although the US will continue to work with allies concerning this matter, President Bush said “there must be consequences for Iran's defiance, and we must not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon."

Undersecretary of State, Nicholas Burns will be representing the US in Berlin next week. Although the US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, does not think there will be any action until a last ditch effort is made between European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Iran negotiator Ali Larijani, Burns said he expects sanctions to be imposed against Iran. Solana and Larijani will begin meeting on September 6th in the German capital.

The United States is not the only country stepping up the rhetoric. According to the Australian Associated Press (AAP), Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said he refused to cede "an inch" to the growing pressure. The report indicated that Tehran had started a new round of uranium enrichment only a week ago.

Ahmadinejad went on to say "To resist in the face of international pressure and to defend the nuclear achievements is Iran's best choice. They think that by adopting resolutions they can force the Iranian people to step back, but they are mistaken."

In an interview earlier this month with Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes”, Ahmadinejad denies he is working on a nuclear bomb. He added that he believes the Security Council is doing America's bidding by trying to prevent Iran from developing nuclear energy.

By Dan Wilson

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