And Iran’s response is that this referral means that diplomacy is over. Via the AP:
Iran struck back Tuesday at the Big Five’s decision to refer the country’s nuclear file to the Security Council, saying the move has no legal justification and would be the end of diplomacy.
At a London meeting that lasted into the early hours of Tuesday, envoys of the United States, Britain, China, France and Russia agreed to recommend that the International Atomic Energy Agency report Iran to the U.N. Security Council.
They also decided the Security Council should wait until March to take up Iran’s nuclear file after a formal report on Tehran’s activities from the U.N. agency, which meets Thursday in Vienna.
“Reporting Iran’s dossier to the U.N. Security Council will be unconstructive and the end of diplomacy,” said Iran’s leading nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani. State television quoted him as sayiny Iran still believes the issue can be resolved peacefully.
Translation: As long as the “Big Five” go along with what Iran wants, the issue can be ‘resolved peacefully.’
Con Coughlin has an article this morning in the UK Telegraph that Iran has set up secret teams to infiltrate the IAEA.
I’m waiting for the usual suspects to blame this all on the President.
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