Thursday, July 13, 2006

Russia, China and Iran

Russia and China, crossed a major diplomatic threshold in the international effort to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions. It joined the United States and Europe by agreeing to seek a United Nations Security Council resolution ordering Iran to freeze its nuclear activities or face sanctions.

The movement toward a resolution represents increased anger over Iran's refusal to respond to an international offer of economic and energy incentives in exchange for suspension of the country's uranium enrichment program.

This is a huge step for Moscow and Beijing. Both have long resisted attempts by the United States and Europe to punish Iran at the United Nations. Both have a great economic interest in Iran.

Russia and China, among other nations, believe that what's good for their business interests is also good for the nation as a whole. Security is historically trumped by economics.

Is this just G8 posturing or real policy change?

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