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Berlin dismisses Iran ultimatum

AFP · 3 Jan 2010, 11:41

Published: 03 Jan 2010 11:41 GMT+01:00

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"The international community has just one month left to decide" whether or not it will accept Iran's conditions, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was quoted as saying on state television. "This is an ultimatum."

Reacting to the statement, Germany, one of six world powers engaged in United Nations-backed talks to ensure Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful, said the ultimatum changed nothing.

The "situation has not changed," a German foreign ministry spokesman told news agency AFP. "The proposal of the international community remains valid. Iran must seize this opportunity."

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, had proposed Iran ship most of its low-enriched uranium to Russia and France for processing into fuel for the research reactor.

Tehran rejected a December 31 deadline to accept this, risking new UN sanctions. But it said on Tuesday it was ready to swap its low-enriched uranium for nuclear fuel abroad, while insisting the exchange happen in stages.

Iran is already under three sets of UN sanctions for refusing to abandon its sensitive programme of uranium enrichment, the process which produces nuclear fuel or, in highly extended form, the fissile core of an atomic bomb.

The United States and some other Western countries suspect Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons under the guise of a civilian nuclear power programme. The Islamic republic adamantly denies this, saying its nuclear programme is strictly for the production of energy.

World powers have been pushing Iran to accept the UN-brokered deal and are also mulling plans to impose fresh UN sanctions against it for dismissing the year-end deadline.

On Wednesday, US State Department spokesman Darby Holladay said the West would still focus on "dual-track policy" regarding the Islamic republic.

"Even as we leave the door open to engagement," world powers agree that Iran will pay the consequences if it does not meet its international nuclear obligations, Darby said.

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The UN Security Council's five permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain - plus Germany are "in the process of considering next steps consistent with our dual-track policy," he said.

A UN diplomatic source in New York has said preliminary work on drafting a sanctions resolution was likely to begin in mid-January.

Iran's defiant "ultimatum" comes as the country faces its worst domestic crisis whereby protesters against Ahmadinejad's June re-election have been harshly confronted by the authorities.

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13:36 January 3, 2010 by Bushdiver
All this pussy footing around with Ahmadinejad is an absolute waste of time and the sanctions only hurt mosly the avarage citizen and not who it's meant to be hurting. Like I said before. The west is going to continue playing cat and mouse with Ahmadinejad until he has has his Nuclear weapon and then it will become a lot more costly to get rid of it. I think Ahmadinejad should be given a firm date to comply with the UN resolutions or the west takes military action to bring this to an end. Maybe the West ist afraid to take action and is hoping that Isreal will finally get fed up and they will take action. One thing for sure is it will be a very dark day if Iran becomes Nuclear.
13:37 January 3, 2010 by Fredfeldman
Anyone entertaining any hope of stopping Iran from becoming a nuclear weapons state must be despairing right about now. If Ahmadinejad gets his hands on nukes we'll all be looking on the times of the occasional Al Queda attempt to blow up an airliner as the good old days.
15:01 January 3, 2010 by Frenemy
@fredfeldman: You're absolutely right. Ahmadinejad getting his filthy mits on HEU (to say nothing of a functional/deliverable weapon) would be nothing short of an unmitigated disaster!

@bushdiver: don't worry, the Israelis know that their asses are on the line and will act accordingly....(I can't wait)! lol ;-)
15:44 January 3, 2010 by Der Grenadier aus Aachen
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17:32 January 3, 2010 by cleavage
As a signature of the non proliferation nuke treaty. Iran has every right to do as it is doing. Something Israel has no right to do even though they have over 200 nukes.

Balanced reporting is something that is lacking. Propaganda continues. The first fatality of war is the truth.
17:52 January 3, 2010 by wood artist

I think you've got exactly the right idea. War and military action is always the best way to go. Tell you what. We'll save you a spot in the front lines. You can be on the first boat to hit the beach, and then you can discuss matters with the Revolutionary Guards up close and personal.

Jeebus, how many wars do we need at one time. We are finally getting out of Iraq, and December was the first month with NO US combat deaths. You can never win hearts and minds with guns, and if the Iranian people are as upset as they appear to be, we need to support them, not attack them. This regime will come down from within...but only because the people don't believe the tale that everyone is against them. Rather, many are against their government.

In the meantime you can clean your gun and practice a little on how to say Hands Up in Farsi.

18:22 January 3, 2010 by bernie1927
The only sane one among this bunch is "cleavage". Don't you guys realize that not Iran but Israel is the real troublemaker? Why should Israel have the right to "defend itself" and Iran not? Another war? You've got to be kidding. Who can afford it? "Bushdiver", the name says it all.
22:30 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Your an idiot bernie, you mean to tell me that iran is the little angel. No iran should not have nukes, if iran gets nukes we will then get the same kind murderous goverment you fought under(nazis) thats not to say their not already committing acts of murder threw out the world. And by the way the isreal you hate was formed in 1948 due to the murderous acts of you and your nazi comrades, so live with it. I hope sooner rather then later isreal bombs those sights in iran, and i'm sure when the day comes your big nazi mouth will be one of the first to protest.
22:31 January 3, 2010 by CPT/USA
Aren't you all leaping to some rather extreme conclusions. We are talking about sanctions, not war.
22:43 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Well cpt/usa any smart person can see that there is only one out to this, and that is bombing iran, and if that leads to full blown war so be it. Not only that it's also been predicted that israel will soon be taking that action, some seem to think it's coming sooner rather then later. Many in the press have been talking about or around christmas, grant it the press is not the dept of defence but they do have their connections. My bigger point is yes war needs to be talked about cause it's in the air, time to quit fooling each other with talk.
22:49 January 3, 2010 by CPT/USA
Israel rarely acts independently of the US with regards to international policy. Remember Gulf one and scuds? A war with Iran would include other tenuous situations with Egypt, Sauia Arabia, Syria, pretty much the entire gulf. As the US and other western countries have committments with Israel any {smart} person would weigh the benefits against the costs before haphazardly engaging in a conflict that could encompass an entire region.
23:07 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Well iran has said it's going to wipe israel of the map, so where does that leave israel. Your only bring up threats that this terroist country can use on the rest of free world, even saudi arabia has quitely given the green light to israel, because of the cross border attacks into their own country sanctioned by iran, people are getting tired of sitting their hands. And attacking would not be haphazardly, it's called protecting your country, talk only goes so far.
23:21 January 3, 2010 by CPT/USA
Ahmadinejads rantings are not the embodiment of Iran, as recent riots indicate.
23:45 January 3, 2010 by lordwilliams629
So we know he's building nukes, yet everything else is to be dismissed as rants, and israels some kind of crazy war moungers and bad guys for taking it at face value. Sorry the he didn't mean what he said line isn't working, when you also consider the terroism iran is also spreading threwout the world. I assume your american as I am so if iran says their building nukes that their going to use on us when completed, do we in america dismiss it as rants, of course not so why should a country that is right next to iran and can be wiped out with one strike afford to dismiss it as a rant. As far as the riots, isnt the goverment murdering its own people to show what its willing to do, no differnt then what the chinese did to its own.
23:59 January 3, 2010 by CPT/USA
It just may come to an armed conflict either including Israel or apart from Israel IF Iran is building nuclear weapons. So far they are not.

Iran wants to be the big dog on the block.. Trouble is Saudia Arabia and Iraq, Egypt, Jordan, and a host of other countries don't want Iran to be the bifg dog on the block, either. They don't want Iran dictating regional policy. This is precisely why Ahmadinejad is trying to enflame the Islamic world. He's not negotiating with nations, rather he's whipping up religious fervent, something his own people don't want. And the glue to that fervent is Israel. Armed conflict will give him what he wants.
00:14 January 4, 2010 by bernie1927
I guess I can take a bit of mudslinging and I might even buy the "idiot" bit but I must protest when you call me a nazi. A good Jewish friend of mine - I see you are surprised that I have good Jewish friends - once told me, referring to the Netanjahu government, that he felt sad about the fact that at present, only the Israel government qualifies as a fascist government. He did say that the Bush one was heading in that direction too. I admired the Jewish State when Golda was running it, but not now. Of course, I don't want to see Iran, that is, it's present government, have nuclear weapons. But war - and that is what we would be heading into if we started bombing - can not be the answer. The entire middle east is a witches brew and would blow sky high. We have enough trouble containing Pakistan, and they have the weapon. So William, calm down and be a Mensch. lol
01:45 January 4, 2010 by CPT/USA
The bottom line in all of this is that {we} must continue diplomacy with Iran and possible sanctions, if necessary. No one wants Iran to have nuclear weapons for fear that they would use them or even threaten to use them. The Middle East is and will be for a long time, a volitile region. As we see in Pakistan fragile governments can easily lose control of their political environment and those who would use nuclear weapons to advance their bizzare sense of how the world should be abound in this region.

I never want to see another of my countryman die in a distant land as a result of knee jerking politicians eager to solve an issue quickly.
02:50 January 4, 2010 by Fredfeldman
Wouldn't it be ironic if the Iranian government was covertly encouraging these street protests in order to delay sanctions as being counterproductive to regime change? These "signs" of discontent are flatfooting the West which doesn't know what to do. Meanwhile count on Ahmadinejad working as quickly as he can towards a bomb (or three or 10).
16:30 January 4, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Ok bernie your not an idiot, but how can you explain your statement proclaiming iran as not being the trouble maker, when iran is the one who said they are going to wipe another country off the map while also making nuclear bombs. Your statement makes zero sense. Unless you in fact support the terroism and murder that iran currently spreads threw out the world, part of that murder is the financing of people who talk young men and children into strapping themselfs with bombs, also training some of the people who are committing these acts of pure murder against inocent men, women and CHILDREN. These acts also include the distribution of supplys that make these bombs. Shall I go on? Look you can have all the differences you want with the israeli goverment but its not israel thats committing these acts of murder or threating to wipe another country off the map. Also note that iran is trying to also develop a delivery system that can reach western europe, many also seem to forget about that little fact as well, this is why that big bad person you people call bush wanted to put an interception system in poland, that was not for america but to keep irans bombs from reaching western europe. Yea you can thank comrade obama for putting a stop to that one.
19:41 January 4, 2010 by Frenemy
Now I know I'm going insane...I actually agree with lordwilliams!! Wow.

Anyway, the Polish interceptor sites were intended to guard against Russia (they were canceled because Putin and Co. have MRV'd ICBMS that render such systems completely useless).

Delivery systems aren't the problem. A single HAMAS/Hezbollah operative with a backpack would render any such systems completely moot...
16:37 January 5, 2010 by lordwilliams629
Frenemy, you might be right, but from my memmory russia was originally assured by Bush that these intercepter sites was for threats to western europe from the middle east, that primarily being iran. That said russia still had a problem with the sites for the obvious reasons.
08:28 January 6, 2010 by Frenemy
@lordwilliams: the Russians are full of it! They know damn well that pretty much all of their delivery systems will punch thru any interception net we could put in their way! They're just politiking...

As for Iran, they are light years away from a deliverable weapon.... (big boom, sure! putting that sh!t atop an ICBM is a whole different story)
14:05 April 19, 2010 by Maroussia
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