SURPRISE, SURPRISE, SURPRISE! Heh. BBC:
More HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE.
The EU's "big three" are said to have backed down from a demand that the UN nuclear watchdog should immediately report Iran to the Security Council. Diplomats from France, the UK and Germany said the shift came amid opposition from Russia and China. They are now reportedly proposing that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna should only implicitly threaten Tehran with such action. ... According to the Associated Press news agency, the new draft now says only that suspicions over Iran's nuclear programme are "within the competence of the Security Council". It accuses Iran of "excessive concealment, misleading information and delays" in giving IAEA officials access to nuclear materials. It also expresses serious concern that Iran has failed to "re-establish full suspension of all enrichment-related activities", a reference to last month's esumption by Tehran of uranium conversion. Conversion is a prelude to enrichment - a key step in the manufacture of nuclear arms. The US appears to be behind the revised resolution. "Our goal is to build the broadest possible consensus," State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said. The threat of referral was not being withdrawn, he told reporters, adding it was "a question of not if, but when" the issue would go before the Security Council.
The fact that the EU3 caved does not surprise me. But the fact that the USA is going along with it DOES! The USA must WANT the delay - for some other STRATEGIC REASON. I guess and hope thjat we are merely delaying the inevitable until a propitious time. I hope and pray that we are not delaying until it is TOO LATE, but just until a time which is more apt for ramping up a more assertive - if not AGGRESSIVE stance against Iran. Time will tell; unfortunately, if we are wrong, then it will have been a HUGE blunder. Perhaps, we intend on using the immediate/near term period to get tough with Syria? This would make sense. If Assad is GONE, and Syria is no longer either menace to Iraq or an effective ally of Iran, then we have seriously eroded the enemies strength. STAY TUNED.