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* Missed messages on Iran  Robert Kagan

* Envoy Condemns US Officials' Irresponsible Comments on Iran  News Report

* 'Israel will be destroyed if it attacks Iran'  News Report

* Warning of long war if Israel attacks Iran  News Report

* Iran unlikely to halt nuclear program, secret letters show  News Report

* Iran denies Ahmadi-Nejad was attacked  News Report

* Sanctions set stage for a new push on Iran  News Report

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* Iran demands Israel stop force threats  News Report

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* When a great power goes mad  News Report

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* 12 militants wanted by Israel flee Palestinian jail in West Bank after fight  News Report

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* Iranian critic not guilty of espionage  News Report

* Israelis and Palestinians pledge to reach peace pact by end of 2008  News Report

* Conference in Qom focuses on Iran-US challenges  News Report

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* Senior Tamil Tiger leader killed  News Report

* US declares PKK 'a common enemy'  News Report

* Iran urged to join Gulf nuclear deal  News Report

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* Clinton hails US move on Iran  News Report

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* Iran's nuclear negotiator resigns  News Report

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* Bhutto defiant over bomb attack  News Report

* Democrats' stance on Iran criticized  News Report

* Top Palestinian negotiator may resign  News Report

* UN condemns killing of its truck drivers in Darfur  News Report

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Clinton hails US move on Iran
[ News Report]  [2007-10-28 04:24:38]
[Source: FT - 26/10/07]


By Daniel Dombey in Washington

Published: October 26 2007 01:14 | Last updated: October 26 2007 01:14

For weeks, if not months, the US administration has found itself in an awkward position on Iran – caught between a domestic debate that has pushed Washington to impose new sanctions and delicate international negotiations that could be upset by such a course.

Political and public concern about Tehran has mounted in the US in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad’s visit to New York last month and a series of claims by the US military that Iran was supplying weapons to insurgent groups in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential candidate, last month voted for a non-binding Senate motion to classify the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organisation. John Bolton, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, has railed against the administration for what he considers its excessively soft stance on not just Iran, but also Syria and North Korea.

Hence the pressure on the George W.Bush to take action.

That pressure also dovetailed with the frustration felt by US diplomats themselves in the face of Russian and Chinese objections to further UN action.

“We are six months past the date where we should have seen a third Security Council resolution,” said Nicholas Burns, US undersecretary of state, in a ­reference to deadlines set by two previous UN sanctions resolutions.

So it was no surprise that Ms Clinton hailed Thursday’s step, which the US hopes will have similar effects to a Security Council resolution by deterring other countries and companies from doing business with Iran. “The sanctions an­nounced today strengthen America’s diplomatic hand,” she said.

Internationally, however, the response was more guarded. When word first emerged in August that the US was considering labelling the entire Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organis­ation, European diplomats, including British ones, were aghast. They considered such a step excessively provocative.

In the event, Thursday’s unilateral US sanctions took the less dramatic step of identifying the Quds Force, the Revolutionary Guard’s international arm, as a supporter of terrorism, and the Guard as a whole as “of proliferation concern”, together with similar measures against the logistics division of the Ministry of Defence and three Iranian banks.

This was more to Europe’s liking. “We endorse the US ad­ministration’s efforts to ap­ply further pressure on the Iranian regime,” said the office of Gordon Brown, UK prime minister.

But France and Germany, not to mention Russia, still have significant concerns about how the US move will affect prospects of agreement at the UN.

Top diplomats from the Security Council’s five permanent members and Germany are scheduled to meet in London next week in order to work on a text for a new round of sanctions on Iran, which could include steps against Bank Melli.

Western diplomats are genuinely unsure about whet­her Thursday’s an­nouncement will make agree­ment more difficult, since Russia has already warned against unilateral sanctions, facilitate it by showing the seriousness of the US’s intent, or serve as a more effective source of pressure than anything the UN could agree.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier, German foreign minister, reacted to the move by stressing the importance of imposing sanctions on Iran on a multilateral rather than bilateral basis.





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