John Bolton: Vigorous Response to Iran

US Ambassador John Bolton is demanding real results from the UN Security Council regarding Iran:

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said on Thursday the U.N. Security Council should issue a “vigorous response” to Iran’s nuclear ambitions or the United States might have to consider other steps.

But divisions persist among the five permanent council members, with China, and to a lesser extent Russia, calling for continued negotiations with Iran and apprehensive about putting the issue on the council’s agenda for the first time.

“We’re going to press for as vigorous a response in the council as we can get and hope that that gets the Iranians’ attention,” Bolton said told reporters.

“If the Iranians do not back off from their continued aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapons, we’ll have to make a decision of what the next step will be,” he said.

John Bolton is making it clear to the UN and the rest of the world that the United States is going through UN channels right now, but the US will act if Iran continues with its nuclear program.

At this point, Russia and China are going wobbly on Iran as each country relies heavily on Iranian oil:

However, Russia seemed to rule out tough council measures.

The Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said sanctions against Iran would be ineffective and military action was not a solution. “I don’t think sanctions as a means to solve a crisis have ever achieved a goal in recent history,” Mr Lavrov said.

So Russia says no sanctions or military action. What’s left? Begging?

In Beijing, China’s Foreign Minister, Li Zhoxing, called for more negotiations, saying: “There is still room for co-operation” and “we support the European Union and Russian engagement with Iran”.

How vigorous a response can we get from the Security Council when both of these countries have veto power?

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