Wednesday, March 29, 2006

The U.N.'s Iran Resolution

No specific details yet, but the U.N. has come up with its plan for ending Iranian nuclear ambitions:
The five U.N. Security Council permanent members reached agreement on Wednesday on how to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions after concessions were made to Russia and China, Britain announced.

"Our colleagues in the P-5 (permanent five) have reached an agreement on a text," Britain's U.N. Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry told reporters. The five are the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China.

The full 15-member council considers the issue later on Wednesday and could formally approve the statement, hours before ministers of the five powers and Germany meet in Berlin.

I hope that the plan includes sanctions, at the very least. That way Iran would be at least forced into a cost-benefit analysis. If the U.N. only offers more "you better stop that" rhetoric, Iran will not be shaken. A stern word and a wag of the finger will do nothing, whereas a real economic threat has at least a chance of impacting that nation.