Monday, December 3, 2007

China to Support Sanctions

Reports from Paris and Washington indicate that China will back new sanctions against Iran. The move will clear the way for a third UN Security Council resolution imposing additional sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.

China’s change of heart came about after EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana expressed disappointment after his meeting on Friday with Saeed Jalili, Iran’s new chief nuclear negotiator. The diplomats in Paris called that meeting “a disaster” for Iran. Jalili called it “a good” meeting.

It is increasingly apparent that the extremist government of Iran has lost touch with realities on the ground. Last week they famously tried to dissuade Arab leaders from attending the Annapolis conference. 20 Arab and Muslim countries, including Syria, attended. Then Jalili presents a disastrous performance during his meeting with Solana and calls it good.

The new UN sanctions are expected to include tougher business and banking transactions and traveling ban for Iranian leaders.

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