May 19th, 2010
02:45 AM ET

U.N. readies 'strong' resolution on Iran

A new U.N. Security Council draft resolution on Iran restates the council's demand that Tehran "suspend enrichment activities and other proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities," the U.S. ambassador to the world body said Tuesday.

Ambassador Susan Rice said that Iran's nuclear swap deal with Turkey, announced Monday, still left Iran in violation of earlier U.N. resolutions although it addressed a proposal first introduced last fall.

"Iran has remained in violation of previous Security Council resolutions, it is in violation of its IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) obligations, and that is why we are here today, making manifest and real the dual track approach that we have pursued," the ambassador said.

"The goal of this resolution is twofold," Rice said of the new draft. "First, to increase the cost to Iran's leadership for their continued defiance of the international community, and second to persuade Iran that it is in its interest to peacefully resolve concerns about its nuclear program. This draft seeks to support, and not replace, our efforts to engage Iran diplomatically."

Earlier, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that the United States, Russia, China and other key nations have reached agreement on a "strong" Iran sanctions resolution.

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  1. EdBnv

    Iran signs the NPT (something Pakistan, India, and Israel refuse to do) and for complying with the NPT and allowing international monitors (IAEA) into their nuclear facilities (which is why they had to burry them inside mountains to keep them safe) Iran is rewarded by sanctions.
    Clinton should resign and Obama should listen to moderates instead of appeasing the Israel lobby (AIPAC)
    This activity disgusts me, at least under Bush it is what I expected.
    What is further sickening is that 99% of the so-called 'Americans' are either too lazy or too inept to read the 5 page NPT that EXPLICITY permits nuclear enrichment (Articles III and IV.)
    If you all are too ignorant to read up on matters of national security (and certainly global importance) then you do not deserve to live in a free country where this information is available free of charge without censorship.

    Now go get your tattoos, Harley's and watch american idol - while you sell your country down the toilet.
    God Forgive America - we certainly have done nothing to be Blessed.

    May 19, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Marco

      Iran IS NOT complying and even the IAEA now thinks Iran is after a nuclear weapon after several discoveries over the years, such as: Iranian engineers designs for a nuclear warhead, iranian plans to convert the shahab missile line to fit nuclear warheads, research into the nuclear triggering mechanisms of plutonium based bombs. Iran is working on a nuclear weapon.

      May 19, 2010 at 3:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe

      If you believe Iran's dictators ridiculous excuse for their nuclear activity, then go move to Israel and try convincing them otherwise. Moron!

      May 19, 2010 at 3:59 am | Report abuse |
    • stan t

      marco – what SPECIFICALLY is iran not in compliance with in terms of the NPT?

      BTW – iran was found to be interested in zetatron technology. zetatrons are pulsed nuetron production tubes. do you know what the single biggest civilian use for them is? OIL EXPLORATION. makes sense that iran would want them, no? with regards to their use for triggering plutonium weapons, keep in mind a few things. a) zetatrons require sophisticated knowledge with regards to how nuclear explosives operate. they are not suitable for a nation looking to build it's first nuke because it is very easy to cause a weapon to fizzle when zetatrons are used. an urchin – or bimetallic nuetron generator would be a much safer bet for any new member of the nuclear club. b) iran's biggest programs revolve around URANIUM enrichment, not plutonium – so why would they want a nuclear trigger for a plutonium device? c) irans research reactor has been sued consistantly at very low power levesl (<10%) for it's entire life. that is NOT consistant with a nation looking to build nukes. they have had that reactor for nearly half a century now. if they followed in siraels footsteps and beefed up the cooling system they could ahve enough plutonium for maybe as many as 100 nukes by now – but instead they operate at very low power levels and onyl ahve enough plutonium in the spent fuel for maybe 3 or 4 nukes.

      May 19, 2010 at 5:05 am | Report abuse |
    • ed

      Iran is in developing a nuclear bomb deep inside it's mountains. Iranian scientists who are living in other countries have given enough proof for that. Iran never complied with IAEA properly, no direct access was granted ( check your facts ).
      Iran is a clear threat to civilized society. Yes, Iran has attacked other countries in it's history ( check your facts ).
      Iran is supplying arms to insurgents across the world. Recently a huge ship was caught with illegal arms being shipped to another country. Iran does not need nulear power they are after a bomb. IAEA has no access to majority of reactors Iran is hiding ( again check your facts ). Please don't distort facts. If you don't love the US then go live in Iran. I bet you will get suffocated soon. You are puting venom here because of the freedoms US grants you.
      God bless America and America should get rid of people who distort the ground realities and don't think good of the US.

      May 19, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • KarlRoove

      Edbnv: So you had to capitalize the one word you misspelled?

      May 19, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Seyed

      Iran is in compliance with the NPT and IAEA has not found any concrete evidence that Iran is building nukes... The investigations and accusations are all from US pressures to keep Middle Eastern countries as weak and poor as possible... If not for sanctions and or the threat of sanctions , triggers of war, and US involvement in the region these countries would flourish. Lets not forget Iraq. They were accused of having WMD, what did we find there??? Nothing for those who have forgotten. Iran is accused of research in such fields... Can you really stop research??? Lets not get away from the main deal... The US economy is done. If the White House does not occupy the simple minds of Americans with false accusation and unjust wars , basketball finals, then baseball, and of course football, we may just begin to question the 12 billion dollar a month war cost in Iraq and Afghanistan, military casualties and the realization of a fallen economy and failed government both democrat and republican!

      May 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ben81

    Israel/clinton need to do the same they ask others to do in the first place... wouldnt be fair if not
    clinton with her words is proof she doesnt represent the usa anymore
    in a free world justice and fairness is all about
    iran never attacked anyone in 200 yrs and have made progress in nuclear tech .. congrat to them
    the only country who used/use WMD and have kill 1 billion people and more in a decade is the usa ... ex: hiroshima
    now like certain people (clinton) exemple she is controlled by the AIPAC
    AIPAC is like the new white house in america it decide for everything obama is always pressurise by them
    it decide only for is own interest obviously
    search for dancing people on 9/11 who where celebrating and filming the unfamous terrorist event in newyork
    clinton needs to stop her arrogant selfish style and start using her head not her ... (censored)
    in conclusion no need for sanctions against iran... or sanction everycountry that first have nuke in ME and then we will talk about iran
    if soon nobody stop this ridiculus parade of wardrum toward iran
    the world as we know will change radicaly
    God wouldnt want to see war only Evil seek war
    God bless USA,Canada,Mexico,Irak,China,Russia,Iran,Bresil,Africa,Israel,Lebanon,Syria,Australia,France,UK,Germany,India,Pakistan,N/S Korea etc etc etc
    Everyone are brothers 🙂 .... brothers should live in peace its time USA make a big firststep in peace
    it will be called The PeaceProliferationTreaty
    Obama needs to create it and everyone for eternity will remember him for thousand of years about this famous peace treaty that saved million of life
    number 2 treaty will be no more fossil fuel clean energy only 🙂
    that will be a winner for him

    May 19, 2010 at 4:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Even keeled

      I love repeating mistakes committed in history... Let's look back over the centuries shall we? Who else de we know in our past that told the world their build up was "non agressive". And the world let them go, EVEN THOUGH their measures looked suspect and could be viewed as military?

      Well, there was the reorganization of the National Socialist German Workers Party through public works and building of infrastructure. By March 1935, Germany publicly announced their 600,000 strong army, air force, and navy. Unbeknownst to Europe, they ha been building the force since 1919. Th troops were training with shovels and pick axes instead of guns. But still, the League of Nations let it go because Germany's best interests were "peaceful". See how well that turned out? How many more treaties were made before enough was enough? How many times did Germany clearly break the Treaty of Versailles before we held them accountable for thir actions? The world watched as Nazi Germany began their European Conquest!

      How about the American conquest of Native American Nations? We too made hundreds of treaties and broke them as we slowly conquered their lands. By the time they decided enough was enough it was too late. Unlike Nazi Germany, we were successful in our conquest. But again, we sold it as promises of peace and non-aggression although we built up troops and eliminated individual nations while others watched and made similar hollow deals.

      Enough with the deals. Enough with the finger wagging and "shame on you" speech. Now I'm no fortune teller, but if we allow Iran to break the rules and not hold them accountable, we are repeating what was done several times over in history.

      There is no peace–a sad fact fueled by our animal instincts. War has always been a part of human culture and will continue to be apart of our future. It would be naive to think otherwise.

      Let's prevent war with Iran–hold them accountable for their actions THE FIRST TIME. Not when it's too late.

      May 19, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. NewWorldOrder

    I'm as American as they come, but don't you all see they are protecting themselves from the oppression we and other countries place on them? We're lucky they don't do worse. No, we shouldn't "leave these people alone." We should make them an offer they can't refuse.. build and manage a nuclear electricity facility in their region and exchange the electrical service for the precious oil we're so crazy about. Who's running this place?

    May 19, 2010 at 4:41 am | Report abuse |
  4. heyimjason

    This is a pickle. On the one hand, they allllmost deserve to have nuclear generated power as any other nation, but given their history, I think they should hold off for the next 20 or 30 years.
    But it's kind of like the same situation that South Korea is in. If they retaliate militarily against North Korea, it's going to be a long, bloody, and probably nuclear mess. If anyone screws with Iran, I'd bet they would not hesitate to use nuclear arms – and that's something that nobody wants.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ben81 (updated)

    Israel/clinton needs to do the same they ask others to do in the first place... wouldnt be fair if not
    clinton with her so kindly words is proof she doesnt represent the usa anymore
    in a free world justice and fairness is all that suppose to mather
    iran never attacked anyone in 200 yrs and have made progress in nuclear tech .. congrat to them
    the only country who used WMD and have kill 1 billion people and more in a decade is the usa ... ex: hiroshima
    now like certain people (clinton) exemple is controlled by the AIPAC
    AIPAC is like the new white house in america it decide for everything obama is always pressurise by them
    it decide only for is own interest obviously
    search for dancing people on 9/11 who where celebrating and filming the unfamous terrorist event in newyork
    clinton needs to stop her arrogant selfish style and start using her head not her ... (censored)
    in conclusion no need for sanctions against iran... or sanction everycountry that first have nuke in ME and then we will talk about iran
    if soon nobody stop this ridiculus parade of wardrum toward iran
    the world as we know will change radicaly
    God wouldnt want to see war only Evil seek war
    God bless USA,Canada,Mexico,Irak,China,Russia,Iran,Bresil,Africa,Israel,Lebanon,Syria,Australia,France,UK,Germany,India,Pakistan,N/S Korea etc etc etc
    Everyone are brothers and sisters .... brothers should live in peace its time USA make a big firststep in peace
    it will be called The PeaceProliferationTreaty
    Obama needs to create it and everyone for eternity will remember him for thousand of years about this famous peace treaty that saved million of life
    number 2 treaty will be no more fossil fuel clean energy only damn disaster in the gulf
    that will be a winner for him if he cant make a difference or we the people ... YES WE CAN
    politician should always think people first not their pocket
    with the billion and trillion spending in military
    that should be spend more wisely like making some free nutritive food package for everyone who needs it
    ways to create drinkable water for everyone invest in high tech equipement for hospital etc
    this is the kind of world we can still create and no one after that would think war or sanctions
    respect the rule of life not destroying life
    hope Obama can read this post somehow CNN will maybe help it

    May 19, 2010 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  6. ENOUGH

    Iran should be blown off the face of the map. So should Russia and China if they continue to get in the way. While we are at it let's take care of all the radical muslims. I'm sick and tired of their finger shaking, loud mouth, patheitc attempt to try and take over the world. American needs to take care of them with another A-bomb or better.

    May 19, 2010 at 5:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Mario

      First of all, not one country from the Middle East has tried to take over the world in modern history. Second of all, if you want the United States to declare war with them and any country that "continue to get in the way" then you are not a true American. Millions of people would most likely die. Then who will be the ones trying to take over the world?

      May 19, 2010 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dale B

    Umm....
    There have been offers made of reactor technology to Iran that would work just fine for power usages, but would not 'breed' the variety of fissionables that could be used in weapons. Both from the USA through the European Union, the EU alone (there may have been a 3rd offer made from either China or Russia, but I'm not certain, there..). In each case, the offer was refused. The current Iranian government, religious, political, and military, are only interested in reactor technology that breeds -weapons capable material-. Weapons grade fissionables only have one real use...... And yes, the United States has used them in anger. Twice, in the middle of the last century. And no one since has used one that way, as all the people who had them truly understood what Mutually Assured Destruction would do to them. I haven't seen any hint that the current theocracy in Iran understands that.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
  8. yeayouknowme

    U.N.: Stop, or we'll stay stop again! Ok, seriously. We really mean it this time!

    May 19, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Robert

    Stay healthy everyone and eat right! Don't smoke or drink too much, and get regular exercise, so you can be around to witness WWIII! It is definitely coming, and it will be a big one. Full global theater, using H-bombs on all major cities and other locations around the world. Imagine what it will look like from the International Space Station. If there is anyone onboard, they can look down at hundreds of Hydrogen bombs going off 500-feet above the surface, and if they are near any military sats, then they will killed along with the rest of the world. It will be a snowball effect. Iran and Israel could get it going, and when The US, England, and France jump in with ICBM's, Russia and China will start pushing buttons too. The fallout will affect remote areas. It's going to happen in my lifetime, so enjoy the days well before it hits like a car wreck you never expected.

    May 19, 2010 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  10. Larry

    The UN "strong" resolution means it will be printed in bold and all in CAPS. Stay safe my friends.

    May 19, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |