Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Flashback: UN sanctions urged over Iran’s uranium plans | Western powers voice scepticism over Iran uranium offer | U.S. deploys land and sea-based missile shield in the Gulf to deter attack from Iran | UK: Tony Blair attempts to shift focus to Iran as ‘global threat’ at Iraq war inquiry | Iran admits jailed protesters were beaten to death | Iranian commanders assassinated, Iran fingers Western intelligence | IAEA members question Iran nuclear intel authenticity | US military could strike Iran, but at what cost? | Another War in the Works | Iran to allow nuclear site inspection | Iran plays into Obama’s hands with disclosure of nuclear facility | UN approves nuclear ‘disarmament’ resolution | Tens of thousands march in Iran | Obama scales back missile defence shield in Europe | Israel ‘will attack Iran this year’ if West does not cripple Tehran with sanctions | Brookings Publication mentions possibility of ‘Horrific Provocation’ to Trigger Iran Invasion | Blast at Iranian mosque raises tensions in run-up to presidential election | Netanyahu: We may be forced to attack Iran | Proposed Missile Shield seen as Provocation by Russia | Neo-cons still preparing for Iran attack | Russia threatens to ’strike’ Poland in wake of U.S. missile plan | Cheney Considered False Flag Operation to Justify War with Iran | US scales up covert destabilization efforts in Iran, continues funding ‘al-Qaeda’ | Israelis ‘rehearse Iran attack’ | Israeli official says attack on Iran ‘unavoidable’ | Bush ‘plans Iran air strike by August’ | U.S. Navy starts exercises in Gulf waters | U.S. National Intelligence Estimate: Iran stopped nuclear weapons work in 2003 | Cheney Orders Media To Sell Attack On Iran | U.S. sending third aircraft carrier to the Middle East | US aircraft carriers in Persian Gulf | Investigative Reporter Seymour Hersh: US Indirectly Funding Al-Qaeda Linked Sunni Groups in Move to Counter Iran | Former CIA Officer — US Plans Nuclear Attack On Iran
Steven Edwards, Canwest News
February 9, 2010
UNITED NATIONS — U.S. President Barack Obama signalled Tuesday that he will take action against Iran over its nuclear ambitions even if he can not secure the full support of the United Nations.
Expressing uncertainty about the level of support China will provide in the UN Security Council, which must authorize any legally binding international censure, Mr. Obama said Washington and its allies were “looking at a variety of ways” to rein in Tehran
“The UN will be one aspect of that broader effort…” Mr. Obama said. “How China operates at the Security Council as we pursue sanctions is something that we’re going to have to see.”
Mr. Obama spoke after China said Iran’s move towards producing weapons-grade nuclear fuel should be met with a new round of diplomatic initiatives — not new sanctions.
Because China is a veto-bearing member of the Security Council, the comment by a Chinese Foreign Ministry official in Beijing effectively blunts calls by Washington and its allies for a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran.
But taking action that sidelines the Security Council could be politically tricky for Mr. Obama on the world stage after he emphasized in his inaugural UN address as President last year that the United States had “re-engaged” the world body following the frequent arm’s length approach of the former Bush administration.
Indeed, former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan lambasted George W. Bush because he had, as president, launched the Iraq war after abandoning an attempt to win explicit Security Council approval when it emerged France would veto such a request.