posted on Jul, 12 2006 @ 08:18 AM
Iran has given a "disappointing and incomplete" response to an international incentives package aimed at trying to steer Iran away from suspicious
nuclear activities. This leaves the world powers no choice but to bring Iran before the U.N. Security Council said Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
on Wednesday. This comes at a time when the U.N. Security Council already has it's hands full with other problems, among them the North Korean
PARIS (AP) -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that Iran has given a "disappointing and incomplete" response to an international
deal to end suspicious nuclear activities and that world powers may have no choice but to haul Iran before the U.N. Security Council.
Iran ruled out responding this week to international incentives to suspend disputed portions of its nuclear program. The United States and other
nations wanted an answer by Wednesday on whether Iran would meet terms to begin negotiations on a package of economic and energy incentives for Iran
in exchange for at least the short-term end to Tehran's rapidly advancing program to enrich uranium.
"The indications are that Iran's response has been disappointing and incomplete," Rice told reporters aboard her flight from Washington to Paris
early Wednesday. "If that is indeed the case, we've always said we were either on the path to negotiations or we're on the path to the Security
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The question whether the U.N. Security Council can act effectively on several fronts as required remains to be seen this situation has the potential
of drawing some harsh criticism if the political arena if sufficient action is not taken.
The Security Council has already delivered a mild rebuke to Iran. If its permanent, veto-holding members agreed, the council could move on to impose
coercive or punitive measures.
On Tuesday, Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani warned that talks on his country's atomic program will be a "long process," and said
"ambiguities must be removed first in order to have serious talks."
This kind of rhetoric is what some believe are just stall tactics in order to gain further progress on their nuclear program.
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