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Rice says time for talking with Iran is over
Reuters.com ^ | January 23, 2006 | Sue Pleming, Reuters

Posted on 01/23/2006 11:45:40 AM PST by seanmerc

Rice says time for talking with Iran is over

By Sue Pleming WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Monday there was strong international consensus against Iran's nuclear plans and time had run out for talking to Tehran.

With Italy's foreign minister at her side, Rice said the next step must be to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council. The United States believes Iran is building a nuclear bomb but Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful, energy purposes.

"The referral absolutely has to be made," Rice told reporters.

"Iran must know that there is a firm international consensus against the activities that Iran is currently engaged in. We would all like to solve this diplomatically and we are all committed to doing so but Iran must recognize the concerns of the international community and has not done so."

Iran on Sunday urged the European Union to return to negotiations with Tehran on its nuclear program, saying talks were the only way to defuse its nuclear standoff with the West.

Rice said the time for talking was over and European discussions had come to a "dead end" because of Iran's actions. "I don't see much room for further discussion in any format," said Rice.

Asked whether the United States, which has about 140,000 troops in Iraq, could afford to take military action against Iran, Rice said the focus was on diplomacy but reiterated that no options were off the table.

"We have committed to a diplomatic course," said Rice, adding: "The president takes no options off the table."

The United States and the European Union want the International Atomic Energy Agency, at an emergency board meeting on February 2, to refer Iran to the Security Council for pressure including possible sanctions.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: iran; irannukes; israel; nuclear; rice; securitycouncil; un; unitednations; weapons
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True. Of course, Israel cannot allow a nuclear Iran because we already know who would be on the receiving end of Iran's first nuke.
1 posted on 01/23/2006 11:45:42 AM PST by seanmerc
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The time for talking is over but we're going to refer the matter to the U.N. - I'm having trouble following this logic.


2 posted on 01/23/2006 11:46:53 AM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: seanmerc

Here we go...again. More jaw-boning with Iran vis-a-vis the "tough" UN Security Council. This is simply dancing until the missiles start flying...against Iran and its nuke facilities.

Why not do it now and get it over with?


3 posted on 01/23/2006 11:47:50 AM PST by RexBeach ("There is no substitute for victory." -Douglas MacArthur)
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To: seanmerc

So when China and Russia obstruct and Russia vetoes, what then?


4 posted on 01/23/2006 11:50:12 AM PST by Maceman (Fake but accurate -- and now double-sourced)
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Condi says time for talking with Iran is over

Time to load up the B-52s!

5 posted on 01/23/2006 11:51:33 AM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Former SAC Trained Killer)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

One boomer could take Iran out in a few hours.......


6 posted on 01/23/2006 11:53:08 AM PST by Red Badger (LUKE 22:36 JESUS: "........and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."........)
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To: seanmerc

Before the UN can act Iran will have moved its assets out of Europe and most Arab states will ignore an embargo as well as many other nations. So what short of military action can the UN do that will have any effect?


7 posted on 01/23/2006 11:53:10 AM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir w├Âlle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: The Great RJ

Personally, I think Israel will act long before the UN does.


8 posted on 01/23/2006 11:54:33 AM PST by seanmerc
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To: seanmerc

9 posted on 01/23/2006 11:55:06 AM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist (None genuine without my signature - Jim Beam)
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The time for talking is over but we're going to refer the matter to the U.N. - I'm having trouble following this logic

Well, now the UN will write another letter, but with stern language.

That oughta do the trick.

10 posted on 01/23/2006 11:55:36 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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Rice said the next step must be to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council.

Of course, that is just a mere formality. It won't really do anything, but serve as the next step towards military action.

11 posted on 01/23/2006 11:57:37 AM PST by shekkian
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"Personally, I think Israel will act long before the UN does."

And risk the loss of international esteem?

12 posted on 01/23/2006 11:58:47 AM PST by billorites (freepo ergo sum)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
Condi to the mullahs ...

"These boots are made for walkin' ...
And walkin' they will do ...
One of these days these boots are gonna walk all over you ..."

13 posted on 01/23/2006 11:59:28 AM PST by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

We have to be extremely tough in our dealings with Iran. There has been a deep anti-Israel and anti-=Anerican sentiment boiling in Iran since the ouster of the Shah of Iran in 1979 (abandoned by the coward Jimmy Carter) by the lunatic fundamentalists led by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. It is no coincidence that Iran is looking east and west to Afghanistan and Iraq as possible bases of a US-led effort to militarily make them comply if they continue their current behavior


14 posted on 01/23/2006 11:59:46 AM PST by HonduGOP
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To: bassmaner

LOL!!!


15 posted on 01/23/2006 12:00:14 PM PST by seanmerc
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but with stern language

Baba Booey, Mr. Iranian!

16 posted on 01/23/2006 12:00:58 PM PST by bassmaner (Let's take the word "liberal" back from the commies!!)
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To: Puppage

And if that doesn't work we can always send them to bed without dinner.


17 posted on 01/23/2006 12:02:30 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

Doesn't make much sense.


18 posted on 01/23/2006 12:02:59 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: HonduGOP

The crisis does seem to be reaching a sort of boiling point - these are interesting times, indeed.


19 posted on 01/23/2006 12:04:34 PM PST by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Is your problem ignorance or apathy? I don't know and I don't care.)
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If time for talking to Iran is over, then what's next? I have the uncomfortable feeling that this is a bluff. And this is not the kind of thing to bluff about. You just lose credibility.


20 posted on 01/23/2006 12:05:49 PM PST by Brilliant
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