Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 7893 posts, RR: 27 Posted (3 years 6 months 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1287 times:
So it appears the Obama administration has actually won a coup of sorts at the UN with now full backing from Russia and China on a comprehensive sanctions package against Iran.
The new draft being considered by the Security Council foresees cargo ship inspections and new banking controls.
It would also expand an arms embargo and measures against Iran's banking sector as well as ban sensitive overseas activities like uranium mining and developing ballistic missiles.
The draft has the blessing of all five veto-wielding permanent members of the Security Council, plus Germany -- a significant boon to the US after months spent trying to persuade Moscow and particularly Beijing to come on board.
China's backing of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran came despite its earlier support for the fuel swap deal.
"We attach importance to and support this agreement," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Ma Zhaoxu said after Monday's accord was struck.
Naturally the Iranian Foreign Ministry is downplaying this development by claiming sanctions don't matter to them, (and perhaps that's very well the case) but we shall see what unfolds from this point on. The holdouts on the council now appear to be Brazil and Turkey, who are convinced that sanctions will lead to further escalation though there are obviously political dimensions to their views.
francoflier From France, joined Oct 2001, 3514 posts, RR: 11 Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1268 times:
That's a good sign.
Ever since China has become a major player on the international diplomacy front they have tried hard to remain as neutral as they possibly could be, especially in regard to those rogue countries they have economic ties with.
I guess they might be slowly realizing that they just can't maintain such neutrality, although I don't expect them to ever align completely with the western nations on most topics.
Let's see what they'll say about N Korea now that it has been proved they willfully sank the Cheonan.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit posting...
TheCommodore From Australia, joined Dec 2007, 2483 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1266 times:
Quoting francoflier (Reply 1): Ever since China has become a major player on the international diplomacy front they have tried hard to remain as neutral as they possibly could be, especially in regard to those rogue countries they have economic ties with.
Down here, we call them "fence sitters" !!
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