Reports are saying that the six nations involved in trying to rein in Iran have actually agreed to start talking about sanctions at last. There may be a possibility that the Axis of Egos™ has finally strained the good will of even their tacit allies, Russia and China. With North Korea going right over the top with their manic midget's all but declaration of war on the US, it may be that it is reaching even Russia and China that these guys are dangerous to the world economy.
Top diplomats from the United States, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia said in a joint statement after talks in London that they were "deeply disappointed" by Tehran's refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, a key step toward making nuclear weapons.
Apparently divided about how quickly to move, the envoys stopped short of explicitly declaring European negotiations with Iran a failure, as some had expected them to do.
Their statement also shied away from demanding Tehran be punished by the, but said they would discuss sanctions in talks at the U.N.
U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns went further.
"The decision has been made that we'll go for sanctions, the question is what the sanctions will be," he said after the meeting. "In the view of the United States, we have to move for sanctions to raise the stakes for Iran."
Reading the diplomats' joint statement, British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said Iran had two choices when thedemanded it halt enrichment activities.
"We regret that Iran has not yet taken the positive one," she said.
Beckett said the six powers "will now consult on measures under Article 41 of Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter." Article 41 authorizes the Security Council to impose nonmilitary sanctions such as completely or partially severing diplomatic and economic relations, transportation and communications links.
Let's face it, a nuclear arms race in both the mid and far East will be a drain on the world's economy. Not to mention the fact that many of the countries who would ostensibly be involved in the races are so unstable that they are a danger to themselves. The miniature madman of Pyongyang has amply displayed his proclivity for starving his own people to acquire nukes. Do we really want this spreading globally? Pull together people.