It’s Like Iran Wants U.N. Security Council Sanctions
In a move sure to increase Iran’s international isolation, not only is the Islamic republic showing every sign of rejecting the Vienna deal on uranium enrichment, but now President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announces ten new enrichment facilities. The response from White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs:
“If true, this would be yet another serious violation of Iran’s clear obligations under multiple UN security council resolutions, and another example of Iran choosing to isolate itself. The international community has made clear that Iran has rights, but with those rights come responsibilities. As the overwhelming IAEA board of governors vote made clear, time is running out for Iran to address the international community’s growing concerns about its nuclear program.”
This comes right after an overwhelming rebuke of Iran by the International Atomic Energy Agency that was supported by both China and Russia, traditionally the great powers most sympathetic to the Iranian nuclear program. It’s unclear whether China and Russia will go along with a robust program of sanctions at the United Nations Security Council. But Iran’s I-double-dare-you response will probably help push both Moscow and Beijing into the corner shared by Washington, Paris, London and Berlin.