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Friday, November 27, 2009

IAEA Censures Iran

The IAEA has handed down its "punishment" on Iran.

The U.N. nuclear agency's board censured Iran on Friday, with 25 nations backing a resolution that demands Tehran immediately mothball its newly revealed nuclear facility and heed U.N. Security Council resolutions calling on it to stop uranium enrichment.

Iran remained defiant, with its chief representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency declaring that his country would resist "pressure, resolutions, sanction(s) and threat of military attack."

The article goes on to say that this censure was "significant" for two reasons: 1) it received unanimous approval from Security Council including Russia and China and that this 2) signals a purpose to act more aggressively including sanctions.

The first point is accurate. Russia and China rarely back any action against Iran. The second point remains to be seen. According to the Washington Post, the U.S. told the Chinese that if they didn't act, Israel would soon bomb Iran leading to much higher oil prices. This is all also true. China also must recognize this themselves. Yet, they've never once moved for any significant action against Iran. This latest move was nothing more than a strongly worded letter. Real action has yet to materialize.

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