Thursday, February 02, 2006

Iran given 1 month to comply with nuclear demands

1 month or else... sanctions. Oooooh, watch out now. The IAEA's getting serious.

The head of the world's atomic watchdog told Iran today that it has a month to co-operate with the international community over its nuclear programme before facing action at the UN Security Council.

At a meeting today of world powers at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Mohamed ElBaradei, the agency chief, said there was one last "window of opportunity" for Iran to co-operate. "We are reaching a critical phase but it is not a crisis," Dr ElBaradei told reporters.

On Monday, diplomats from the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, France, Russia and China - agreed that Iran must stop enriching uranium and allow UN inspectors into its nuclear sites or be referred to the UN Security Council.

And I'm sure the Iranians are quaking in their boots, right?

[...] In response, Mr Ahmadinejad held a rally at his country's one nuclear reactor at Bushehr, and called Mr Bush a criminal. "I am telling those fake superpowers that the Iranian nation became independent 27 years ago and on the nuclear case it will resist until fully achieving its rights," he said.

"Our nation cannot step back because of the bullying policies of some countries. Those whose arms are stained up to the elbow with the blood of other nations are now accusing us of violating human rights and freedoms."

Thousands of supporters responded with shouts of "Death to America!" and "Death to Israel!"

I guess not. Actually that rally sounds similar to what you might hear at a Cindy Sheehan, anti-war rally of leftist moonbats (and don't forget to go support Cindy's hopeful run for Senate), but I digress.

We certainly can't allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons. It's that simple. Let's get cracking here, Bush. Stand firm, demand quick action, and have a back up plan when sanctions don't work.

"Faster, please."