The U.N. Security Council passed a weakened resolution Monday giving Iran until Aug. 31 to suspend uranium enrichment or face the threat of economic and diplomatic sanctions.
Iran immediately rejected the council action, saying it would only make negotiations more difficult concerning a package of incentives offered in June for it to suspend enrichment.
“All along it has been the persistence of some to draw arbitrary red lines and deadlines that has closed the door to any compromise,” said Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Javad Zarif. “This tendency has single-handedly blocked success and in most cases killed proposals in their infancy.
“This approach will not lead to any productive outcome and in fact it can only exacerbate the situation.”
Because of Russian and Chinese demands, the text was watered down from earlier drafts, which would have made the threat of sanctions immediate. The draft now essentially requires the council to hold more discussions before it considers sanctions.
The draft passed by a vote of 14-1. Qatar, which represents Arab states on the council, cast the lone dissenting vote.
Full story here. Iran has already stated that it will not even respond to Western anti-nuke incentive proposals until August 22.
In a related story, Mom says Danny has to finish his peas by the time America’s Got Talent starts. Danny, meanwhile, says that before Alex Trebek calls the “final Jeopardy round,” he will either let Mom know whether he intends to eat his peas, or in the alternative, he will proceed to destroy the entire neighborhood with a thermonuclear device.