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Merkel 'strongly welcomes' Iran sanctions

AFP · 10 Jun 2010, 08:28

Published: 10 Jun 2010 08:28 GMT+02:00

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"The world will make sure that Iran does not have nuclear weapons," Merkel told reporters.

"I strongly welcome the approval of this resolution on the Iranian nuclear programme," she said.

"Again and again and over a long period of time - more than two years - we gave Iran the opportunity to be transparent, including with the international atomic agency.

"Iran did not accept all these offers and therefore this resolution was needed ... I hope that the effect will be that Iran considers being more transparent and cooperative with international organisations."

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Germany, which has strong commercial links with the Islamic republic, is one of six powers negotiating with Iran over its nuclear activities, together with the United States, China, Russia, France and Britain.

Merkel said that the new sanctions were not directed against the people of Iran but those behind Tehran's nuclear programme, who she said included the Revolutionary Guard.

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09:24 June 10, 2010 by Bushdiver
And once again the UN strikes fear to an advisary. Ha Ha! Iran will still be laughing at these sanctions when they role out their first nuke. The UN should be done away with. No one respects them anyway.
10:32 June 10, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Pitiful in every respect -- not the sanctions; I'm referring to the previous comment.
10:53 June 10, 2010 by whatzup
Bushdiver is right, the mullahs merely shrug when the UN tries to censor them. The latest round of sanctions merely demonstrates how ineffective the world community is when it tries to take concerted action, even on a matter as clearly important as this one. And why should countries doing business with Iran stick their necks out supporting truly meaningful resolutions? When it comes down to the nitty gritty America the world's policeman or its agent Israel will take action and save their collective necks once again.
12:55 June 10, 2010 by Prufrock2010
The Revolutionary Guards control all international commerce in Iran, and embargoed goods flow freely from Dubai to Tehran despite any cosmetic "sanctions" regime. I agree that the watered-down sanctions approved by the UN are toothless and ineffective. A more comprehensive sanctions resolution was scuttled by Brazil and Turkey, whose recent uranium swap stunt was intended to undermine any serious effort to put pressure on Tehran and was clearly not in the best interest of the world community. History teaches that the Iranians cannot be trusted to negotiate in good faith or to live up to their agreements once made.

The Iranian regime poses an existential threat to the world. Those countries who do any business with Iran, particularly after the deplorable spectacle of Iran's brutal crackdown on its citizens who dared to protest the last "election," are accomplices to the crimes of the Iranian regime. In my view, the only meaningful sanctions would be those imposed on any nations or industries who do any business with Iran, either directly or by proxy. Foreign Iranian assets should be frozen and all foreign commerce cut off. This would undoubtedly have the short term effect of penalizing innocent Iranian citizens, but it could engender an uprising from within that would be the only possible means of getting rid of a dangerous and brutal regime. If Iran is determined to become a pariah state in the image of North Korea, it is incumbent upon the rest of the "civilized" world to ensure that Iran will be completely isolated in its pariah status. Otherwise it is fairly certain that Israel will act unilaterally to respond to Iranian threats militarily, and the consequences of that would be unthinkable.
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