Azara Blog: Blair wants to refer Iran to the UN

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Date published: 2006/01/11

The BBC says:

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair says Iran's decision to resume its nuclear activities is likely to result in a referral to the UN Security Council.

He said Tehran's move had caused real and serious alarm across the world.

Speaking in parliament, Mr Blair said European ministers meeting in Berlin on Thursday would decide how to proceed.

But Iran's leader dismissed the threat. He said the research, which some fear is aimed at producing weapons, would go on despite the Western "fuss".

Tehran says it broke the United Nations seals on the Natanz nuclear research facility on Tuesday because it wants to produce electricity, not because it is pursuing nuclear weapons.

The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said Tehran is about to start small-scale nuclear enrichment.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, Mr Blair described the current situation as "very serious indeed".

"I don't think there is any point in us hiding our deep dismay at what Iran has decided to do," he said.

"When taken in conjunction with their other comments about the state of Israel they cause real and serious alarm right across the world."

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov said it was a personal disappointment giving him cause for alarm.

Only one country has ever used nuclear bombs in war. Only one country has invaded more countries than any other country the last hundred years. Only one country currently threatens more countries (e.g. Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Syria) than any other country. Why is Blair worried so much about Iran when he should be more worried about the US? Iran obviously wants a nuclear bomb, and why shouldn't they, given that both the US and Israel have nuclear bombs. Are the religious nutters that run Iran really that much more evil than the religious nutters that run the US and Israel? Obviously the only reason Iran can afford to make a bomb is because of oil, and that is also the reason they don't really care too much what the rest of the world thinks.

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