March 27th, 2010
05:01 PM ET

Medvedev says sanctions against Iran not 'optimal'

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said new sanctions against Iran for its nuclear program are possible, but not "optimal," the Kremlin press service said Saturday, according to a state-run news agency.

"The settlement of Iran's nuclear problem should be implemented solely by politic-diplomatic means in strict accordance with the Charter of the United Nations," Medvedev said at the annual summit of the 22-nation Arab League, news agency RIA Novosti reported.

"[We are] certain that the path of sanctions is not an optimal one," he said, the news agency reported. "At the same time, the possibility that events may develop along this scenario cannot be ruled out."

Russia shares some common trade and energy interests with Iran, and in the past has used its veto vote at the U.N. Security Council to shield Iran from strict sanctions. However, the Kremlin has indicated recently that tougher sanctions may be a realistic response to Tehran moving forward with its nuclear enrichment program.

Iran already faces U.N. sanctions. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France, all of which have veto power - have been in discussions about possible further sanctions.

Russia and the other countries have urged the Islamic republic to accept a proposal under which Iran would ship its uranium abroad to be enriched and then returned. Iran has rejected the proposal.

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  1. Anderson Clayton

    VERY IMPORTANT CORRECTION:

    "Iran has rejected the proposal."

    Iran DID NOT reject the exchange of uranium fuel!

    Iran JUST DEMANDS the exchange to be done in Iranian territory because they do not trust the United States.
    Well, we have been giving plenty of reasons to Iran for this lack of trust!

    March 27, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. JLP

    Iran will never agree to any restraint. The world is going to ring their hands and pussyfoot around untill the have the n bomb. Then it will be to late to stop them without blowing up the middle east. That is exactly what they are counting on.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Redeye Dog

    Yeah... Getting nuked after "politic-diplomatic" persuasion doesn't work, isn't "optimal" either!

    March 27, 2010 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Country

    The Obama Administration and the EU is foolish to believe that the Russians will be able or willing to enforce sanctions against Iran. For Russia, Iran is the equivalent of the USA's relationship with France, Spain or Italy. To assume that the Russians would hurt one of their allies and trading partners is to expect the USA to hurt one of our own allies, it won't happen. To procrastinate and procrastinate on this issue is only making it more difficult to solve, which most likely will culminate with Iran possessing a nuclear bomb. Our inaction is in its own right an action, it is the action of doing nothing. In just a few short years the world will be frighteningly close to having a nuclear armed Iran threatening Israel with Nuclear holocaust. While it may not seem as if this is a threat to our own national security, we should realize that it is due to the fact the Israeli's possess over 250-350+ Nuclear bombs, more than enough to devastate any country on the planet, and possibly enough to make earth uninhabitable. Don't think for a minute anyone, not even the USA has implemented a Star Wars missile defence system, in fact Obama has scrapped the program as part of trying to better relations with Moscow. In the end we will have very difficult decisions to make.

    March 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Dr. Chronos

    In other words, do nothing. The Russians are at least consistent: the more repugnant and dangerous the leader and nation, the more firm their support. Only when the Iranians finally and conclusively have a bomb will the Russians concede that "politic diplomatic" means have failed... and blame the failure on those whose efforts they have consistently undermined. When the world finally confronts the specter of atomic warfare at the hands of nations such as the Iranians and North Koreans, it will be because "non-proliferation" depended always upon the undependable.

    March 27, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Samuel Prime

    Very good, stick with diplomacy with Iran so as to give them a chance to develop nuclear weapons and threaten our interests and friends in the region. As Spock once said, the purpose of diplomacy is to prolong a crisis - and in this case to produce a crisis.

    March 28, 2010 at 12:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Reggie

    Dear Russia and China

    1. When Iran develops a nuclear weapon in the futue the US will consider the issue a Russian and Chinese problem. Do not ask the US for help, because at this definative moment in time you chose to do nothing.

    2. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Appeasement worked out so well prior to WWII. Igonore the problem and it will surely go away.

    3. Thank you for your support and hope you enjoy your soon to be nuclear armed neighbor Iran (which is closer to You than the US). I'm sure a nuclear armed Iran will bring peace and stability to and already peaceful region.

    Sincerely,

    Concerned Citizen of the Planet Earth

    March 28, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Mainuddin Afza

    Iran with so many fanatic leaders like Ahmedinejad and Kahmeni are a ROGUE nation of worst type. The US Secretary of State MUST live up to the American promise that IRAN will never be allowed to become a nuclear state. I agree. This lunatic nation should be isolated from the rest of the world by imposing trade embargo with any other state to teach the country an unforgetable lesson.

    Mainuddin Afza

    March 28, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. Vo Reason

    As a reminder of what's at stake when a rogue state gets the bomb, note that North Korea just issued another threat to nuke South Korea, I can't imagine any thinking state to want to facilitate Iran getting the bomb – – not a sane state anyway.

    March 28, 2010 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  10. flycatcher

    Iran will have its nuclear program no matter who is going to belly ache about it and if they want weapons they will have them as well, along with the missiles to deliver them. I suggest no amount of talking is going to change anything If Iran is determined to do it it will be done.There is only one way to stop them and that is to beat the living hell out of them but is that really a solution? I think not.So they will build their program and perhaps their weapons and maybe even use them someday. That is the time it will become acceptable to beat the crap out of them so stay vigilant and give them all the rope they want.

    March 28, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Esther Haman

    It is sad to see our leaders are being pushed by the special interest groups to abandon American values in exchange for political gain.
    We are willing to close our eyes and see the atrocities of the Zionists rogue state to continue or to see them expand further into the occupied territories against all American and international laws.
    This is going to be costly for this administration later and for us further down the road when no peace treaty will be archived between the Zionists and the Palestinians.
    The American population is getting wise to the double crossing Zionists who’s agenda is only to expand and to drag us further into wars that only the Americans boys and girls will have to pay the price for.
    The Russians have nothing to lose here. The weaker Iran will help them in their expansion to the south and the oil fields and less competition in the gas market and the more we show sensitivity towards Iran's behavior the more they will use that to tease us with. For Iran Russia is the number one enemy as always.
    Iran and US are natural allies and all the issues between us needs to be solved only through talk and negotiations. We have to recognize Iran's historical and legitimate rights and desire to play a part in the international scene in all the areas. What we have done to them in the past needs to be talked about and resolved through an amicable process.

    March 28, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  12. living in reality

    Iran had better do something smart for a change; listen to the powers instead of being complete idiots that they are so bent on being. Iran is out to destroy anyone and everyone they can with their stupid Islamic religion. They had better consider who the border countries are and how powerful those countries are as well.

    Germany of history harbored the same ideas once and were taken out by countries Hitler underestimated.

    March 29, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  13. Ben Dougherty

    Twenty seven comments and not a mention of Israeli, Indian, or Pakistani nuclear weapons. All three are neighbors of Iran and none are signatories of the nuclear non proliferation treaty. Perhaps reigning in these nuclear armed states might solve the problem entirely.
    Why should Iran be subjected to different standards than any other sovereign country?
    How can we forget that the first nuclear reactor in Iran was built by American Machine and Foundry under the Atoms for Peace program in the 1950's?

    March 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael Melton

    Treaties are worthless, America has broken more treaties than any other country in the world. Obama is worse than Bush, which is saying a lot, Bush was the worst President ever until Obama. Russia will not tolerate an attack on Iran, nor will China . Mark my words, when stupid america attacks Iran , it will get a retaliation so fast and swift all the demons in D.C. will not know how to respond. America will finally get what it has had coming for 60 years, a great big tail whooping. Not like the one in Korea, or Vietnam, or in the current wars, one that will hopefully finish america off.

    April 4, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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