Bush urges Iran nuclear diplomacy




 
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January 13th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 

Topic: Bush urges Iran nuclear diplomacy


Source: bbc.co.uk

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US President George W Bush has said he wants to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis through peaceful means.

After talks in Washington with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr Bush said both leaders sought to solve the issue "diplomatically by working together".

President Bush refused to be drawn on whether the UN Security Council should impose sanctions on Iran.

Iran insists it has a right to peaceful nuclear technology and denies seeking atomic weapons.

It has threatened to halt snap inspections of its nuclear facilities and resume uranium enrichment if the issue is sent to the Security Council.

Ms Merkel - on her first US visit since taking office - said Europe and the US must take a united stand on Iran.

On Thursday, the German, French and British foreign ministers called for the UN to deal with Iran's nuclear programme.

But, in a sign of divisions within the international community over how to proceed, China's UN ambassador Wang Guangya warned on Friday that referring Iran to the Security Council "might complicate the issue".

'Common message'

He said the US, Germany and other nations needed to "send a common message to the Iranians... to not have a nuclear weapon to blackmail or threaten the world."

Asked if he expected sanctions to be imposed on Iran, Mr Bush said he was "not going to prejudge what the United Nations Security Council should do".

"What you're seeing is the evolution of a proactive diplomatic policy," he said.

The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says the sense of impatience for action, which was palpable before the Iraq war, does not exist over Iran.

What the White House wants though, is allies who are willing to talk tough and willing to face up to the possibility of confrontation with Iran at some stage in the future, he adds.

'Unacceptable remarks'

The two leaders said they had discussed the Iran issue at length.
Mr Bush said it was "logical that a country which has rejected diplomatic entreaties" be sent to the Security Council, which has the power to impose sanctions.

Chancellor Merkel said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's call for the annihilation of Israel was "totally unacceptable", adding: "We will not be intimidated by a country such as Iran."

The chancellor has said she wants to improve relations with the US, after ties soured under her predecessor, Gerhard Schroeder, a fierce opponent of the US-led war in Iraq.

Our correspondent says that on Iran, there is at the moment no serious division, and President Bush seems to feel that he has an ally he can trust in Berlin - something he has not felt for years.
January 13th, 2006  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Oh lovely, so their expecting the UN to actually do something useful about Iran?? Like what??
January 13th, 2006  
phoenix80
 
 
I guess it is a long road ahead to deal with Iran militarily!
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January 16th, 2006  
Esika
 
 
heyAmericans,Be angry with us and Die with Anger!
moosh bokhoratet goorilangoori! (in persian just for phoenix80!)
January 16th, 2006  
Cold Steel
 
 
The European Union thinks that they solve this problem with Iran. I say let them give it a shot. Diplomacy with Iran will probably fail as it does with most countries of its ilk. But it makes the USA's position more solid in the future, in the event we need to do something militarily.
January 16th, 2006  
sunb!
 
 
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Originally Posted by Cold Steel
The European Union thinks that they solve this problem with Iran. I say let them give it a shot. Diplomacy with Iran will probably fail as it does with most countries of its ilk. But it makes the USA's position more solid in the future, in the event we need to do something militarily.
I agree with you on this one, trying alternative diplomatic channels and other paths may be wise. If it fails it fails, but we don't know that until it's done. It is also good news to read that President Bush feels an allied in Berlin - important for the European - USA relationship and future cooperation between good NATO allies.
January 16th, 2006  
phoenix80