Iran took a very important step today towards provoking economic sanctions. Saeed Jalil, Iran’s nuclear negotiator with the UN, sat down for five hours of debate today with the promise that he would bring “new initiatives” to the table: however, in the end, he categorically refused to acknowledge that Iran will ever cease its uranium enrichment programs. Economic sanctions would mean alienating many other nations who are not nearly as weary of Iran — most notably, China and Russia — but it is certainly a preferable course to some sudden “unilateral” military venture.
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