Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Nukes For Everyone

Iran certainly seems to feel this way about its own nuclear ambitions. Iran defiantly ignored the U.N. and the rest of the world by breaking its agreement to freeze its nuclear program:

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran removed U.N. seals on uranium enrichment equipment and resumed nuclear research Tuesday, defying demands it maintain a two-year freeze on its nuclear program...

Germany's foreign minister raised doubts over the future of European-led negotiations on Iran's nuclear program, questioning whether there remains any basis for more talks.

Britain warned that the international community was "running out of patience" with Tehran, and Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said Iran had breached IAEA resolutions. Straw said he planned to meet his French and German counterparts Thursday to discuss whether to refer Iran to the Security Council.

"There was no good reason why Iran should have taken this step if its intentions are truly peaceful and it wanted to resolve long-standing international concerns," Straw said.

The United States was obviously not happy with this move by Iran, and joined the other major western countries in sharply criticizing Iran's latest radical actions:
U.S. officials denounced Iran's move, calling it a step toward creating material for nuclear bombs.

"If the regime in Iran continues on the current course and fails to abide by its international obligations, there is no other choice but to refer the matter to the Security Council," White House press secretary Scott McClellan said.

This latest move caps a series of radical actions by Iran's hard-line President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has been pursuing an extremely confrontational line with the West.

At the end of October last year, he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map".

Then in December he claimed that the holocaust was a fabricated lie, and denied it ever happened.

One thing is for sure: Iran is certainly proving it belongs in the Axis of Evil. It's almost as if the country is asking the U.S. to pursue military action against it.