Iran nuclear proposal rejected as Russia dismisses sanctions
President Obama had hoped to pressure Iran by building international consensus on tougher sanctions.
As the United States rejected a new proposal for talks presented by Iran this week, Russia has broken ranks sharply with Washington, warning that it will not support the US call for tougher sanctions on the Islamic Republic.Skip to next paragraph
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Russia’s stance, and its veto power as a member of the United Nations Security Council, makes such a consensus look unlikely.
Iran on Wednesday handed over a much-awaited proposal for new talks to the so-called P5+1 group – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany.
The contents have not been made public, but the independent investigative news outlet, ProPublica, obtained and posted a copy of the document, saying, “[T]he new proposal is silent on Iran's own nuclear program…[it] reiterated many of its previous ideas for talks while scaling back specific requests made in previous proposals.
The Washington Post summarized the gist of the proposal:
Iran is not prepared to discuss halting its uranium enrichment program in response to Western demands but is proposing instead a worldwide control system aimed at eliminating nuclear weapons, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's top political aide said in an interview Thursday.
Washington immediately rejected the proposal, the Post adds:
“It's not really responsive to our greatest concern, which is obviously Iran's nuclear program," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said of Tehran's package of proposals. "Iran reiterated its view that as far as it is concerned, its nuclear file is closed. . . . That is certainly not the case. There are many outstanding issues."