* FLASH * U.S. backs down on UN sanctions for Iran *


Richard Moore


We could be seeing a real turning point here. Fingers crossed. I 
couldn't believe this report, so I searched and found two sources, 
one from India and another from China. Both indicate a major backdown 
on Washington's heretofore aggressive stance against Iran. The 
Chinese version goes so far as to say, "U.S. officials 'have no 
objection to Iran's pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power 
program...'".  Both versions are below. Note: I couldn't find this 
report in any Western source.

Below those two, we have a report that seems to be all over the 
Western media, about Congress passing trade sanctions against Iran. 
These kind of sanctions are likely to do more harm to the US than to 
Iran. They will surely cause Iran to draw even closer to Russia and 

It seems that Bush wants to appear strong against Iran to the 
American public, while he is actually in the process of backing down.

What this means in the global scheme of things is not clear. It could 
simply be a deep game, with Washington showing a conciliatory face, 
while still planning a second 911 to be followed by an all-out attack 
on Iran. Or it could mean that the 'realists' have finally put their 
foot down and forced the neocons to cool it as regards their 
aggressive project of world conquest.

It's a good time for us to keep our eyes open.



U.S. eases demand for Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Acting on EU advice, the United States 
has postponed its call for immediate U.N. sanctions against Iran over 
nuclear policy.
      U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she spoke with the 
EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and said he assured her talks 
with Tehran were going well, The Washington Times reported.
      Solana met with Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani in 
Berlin Wednesday, and again Thursday. Rice said Solana told her 
Larijani "seems to be sincere" in an effort to end the impasse over 
Iran's uranium enrichment program.
      Thursday's talks ended inconclusively, and Solana and Larijani 
scheduled more discussions next week.
      Tehran claims the program is only to produce reactor fuel to 
make electricity, but various countries are concerned it will result 
in nuclear weapons.
      Rice said the administration could wait a few more weeks for 
Iran to stop enriching and return to international negotiations, but 
"clearly this won't go on very much longer."
      Copyright 2006 by United Press International


U.S. backs off on Iran's nuclear sanctions
www.chinaview.cn 2006-09-20 23:26:35

     WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States, which warned 
time and again to impose sanctions against Iran, has softened its 
tone on Iran's nuclear program, the Washington Post said on Wednesday.
     Slowly but surely, the White House has muddied what was once 
clear lines in pursuit of diplomacy, the newspaper said.
     As recently as a month ago, U.S. President George W. Bush and his 
administration firmly demanded that Iran first suspend its nuclear 
activities before the U.S. would join negotiations on the nuclear 
program, "but now U.S. officials have quietly acquiesced in a 
European-led effort to find a face-saving way for the talks to 
begin," the article said.
     "With allies balking, negotiations appear more likely than 
punishment," the article said. Bush, in his speech on Tuesday to the 
UN General Assembly, "used notably mild language when he discussed 
Iran, suggesting that the two countries one day will 'be good friends 
and close partners in the cause of peace.'"
     Referring Bush's latest speech that U.S. officials "have no 
objection to Iran's pursuit of a truly peaceful nuclear power 
program," the article said "this is a reversal from the policy in the 
first term, when U.S. officials loudly proclaimed that a country with 
such vast oil and gas reserves has no need for a nuclear program."
     Under pressure from Europeans, the Bush administration dropped 
that argument late last year, the article said.


Bush signs sanctions bill against Iran's partners

www.chinaview.cn 2006-10-01 11:06:12

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President George W. Bush signed 
into law a new set of sanctions on Saturday that would impose 
mandatory sanctions on entities or countries that provide goods or 
services for Iran's weapons programs.
     "I applaud Congress for demonstrating its bipartisan commitment 
to confronting the Iranian regime's repressive and destabilizing 
activities by passing the Iran Freedom Support Act," Bush said in a 
     The U.S. Senate passed the new sanctions bill earlier Saturday, 
which was passed by voice vote and cleared by the House of 
Representatives on Thursday.
     The bill, the Iran Freedom Support Act, sanctions any entity that 
contributes to Iran's capability of acquiring chemical, biological or 
nuclear weapons.
     The bill states that the U.S. policy was meant "not to bring into 
force an agreement for cooperation with the government of any country 
that is assisting the nuclear program of Iran or transferring 
advanced conventional weapons or missiles."
     The U.S. sanctions against Iran have remained since the takeover 
of the U.S. embassy by Iranian radicals in 1979.
     Moreover, Washington has been seeking to impose sanctions on Iran 
through the UN Security Council on the grounds that Iran develops a 
nuclear weapon program under the cover of a civilian program.
     Iran, however, has denied the charge, saying its nuclear program 
is for peaceful purposes only.

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