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Tinoire Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-14-04 01:21 AM
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U.S. Options Few in Feud With Iran ((Here we go AGAIN!))
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U.S. Options Few in Feud With Iran

U.S. Options Few in Feud With Iran
Alarmed at Tehran's nuclear ambitions, Washington for now can only watch and wait.
By Sonni Efron
Times Staff Writer
December 13, 2004

WASHINGTON Top diplomats from the United States and its closest allies gathered this fall in Washington to hammer out a common approach to Iran's nuclear ambitions. But the mood quickly soured.

Dispensing with the usual diplomatic niceties, Undersecretary of State John R. Bolton simply read aloud a U.S. position paper. In it, the administration refused to back European negotiations with Iran and instead insisted that Tehran be dragged before the United Nations Security Council to condemn it for concealing a nuclear weapons program.

Irked, the Europeans demanded to know what good it would do to bring Iran before the U.N. when Washington knew it could not muster enough Security Council votes even to slap Tehran's wrist.

Bolton referred them to another U.S. position paper. (( :eyes:))

"He was not willing to discuss anything," said one stunned participant.


Some prominent conservatives are arguing for a preemptive U.S. military strike against Iranian nuclear facilities, but State Department, Pentagon and National Security Council officials have been insisting in recent weeks that military action is not under discussion.

Times staff writers Josh Meyer and Mark Mazzetti in Washington contributed to this report. Copyright 2004 Los Angeles Times

((Right "No war plans on the President's desk"- Gee when have we heard that one before??)) i/i]

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