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Time May Be Ripe For UN Security Council Vote On Iran Says US
<b>Follow God or vanish, Ahmadinejad tells West<br></b>Tehran (AFP) Dec 06 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday warned Western leaders to follow the path of God or "They are angry with our nation. But we tell them 'so be it and die from this anger'. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth," he said. The outspoken president also maintained Iran's defiance over its controversial nuclear programme, saying it was on course to fully master nuclear technology.

"Thank to God's help, we have gone all the way and are only one step away from the zenith. "We hope to have the big nuclear celebration by the end of the year (March 2007)," Ahmadinejad said, echoing comments he has made on numerous occasions in recent months.

A defiant Iran has refused to suspend its uranium enrichment work, a process that the West fears could be extended to make nuclear weapons. Iran however insists its nuclear programme is solely aimed at generating energy. France's Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Wednesday after a Paris meeting on Tehran's nuclear programme that the UN Security Council is agreed "there will be sanctions" on Iran, though their extent is yet to be decided.">
Follow God or vanish, Ahmadinejad tells West
Tehran (AFP) Dec 06 - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Wednesday warned Western leaders to follow the path of God or "vanish from the face of the earth", the semi-official news agency Mehr reported. "These oppressive countries are angry with us ... a nation that on the other side of the globe has risen up and proved the shallowness of their power," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the northern town of Ramsar.

"They are angry with our nation. But we tell them 'so be it and die from this anger'. Rest assured that if you do not respond to the divine call, you will die soon and vanish from the face of the earth," he said. The outspoken president also maintained Iran's defiance over its controversial nuclear programme, saying it was on course to fully master nuclear technology.

"Thank to God's help, we have gone all the way and are only one step away from the zenith. "We hope to have the big nuclear celebration by the end of the year (March 2007)," Ahmadinejad said, echoing comments he has made on numerous occasions in recent months.

A defiant Iran has refused to suspend its uranium enrichment work, a process that the West fears could be extended to make nuclear weapons. Iran however insists its nuclear programme is solely aimed at generating energy. France's Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said Wednesday after a Paris meeting on Tehran's nuclear programme that the UN Security Council is agreed "there will be sanctions" on Iran, though their extent is yet to be decided.

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Washington (AFP) Dec 06, 2006
The United States said Wednesday that the time may have come for the UN Security Council to vote on a resolution punishing Iran over its sensitive nuclear program. The assessment came after six major powers failed at a meeting in Paris Wednesday to reach agreement on what sanctions to impose on Iran for failing to suspend uranium enrichment, which can fuel a nuclear reactor or be used to make an atomic bomb.

"We hope that we can come to a consensus resolution but I think the feeling was it was now time to move on to New York (to the UN Security Council)," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack told reporters.

He did not give any specific timelines but a senior State Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said "We are getting to the point where we will need to raise our hands one way or another."

Political directors from Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, the council's permanent members, and Germany met in Paris late Wednesday to talk about what action to take against Iran, which defied a UN deadline of August 31 to cease enriching uranium.

They are agreed that there will be sanctions against Iran, though their extent is yet to be decided, French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy said after the talks.

Diplomats said the meeting failed to reach agreement among the six countries on what sanctions should be applied.

Russia and China -- which have strong economic interests in Iran -- have tried to water down a draft Security Council resolution drawn up by France, Britain and Germany, while the United States has sought to harden it.

The European draft would bar trade with Iran in goods related to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and impose financial and travel restrictions on persons and agencies involved.

Several of the countries, especially the United States, fear that despite Iran's insistence that it is pursuing civilian nuclear energy ambitions, the program is in fact designed to build a nuclear arsenal.

McCormack said that any Security Council resolution tabled "is going to be a strong one and we expect that we will get a resolution."

According to diplomats in Paris, Russia is willing to back the trade ban against Iran, but remains opposed to sanctions being applied to individuals, though it will accept a ban on shipments of sensitive goods.

Tehran has warned it would regard any attempt to thwart its nuclear program as an "act of hostility".

Douste-Blazy said France was "in a hurry" to see sanctions imposed.

"I think this is about the credibility of the United Nations Security Council," he said.

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'There will be sanctions' on Iran: France
Paris (AFP) Dec 06 - The powers making up the UN Security Council are agreed that "there will be sanctions" against Iran, though their extent is yet to be decided, France said Wednesday, after a Paris meeting on Tehran's nuclear programme. "There is a question as to the extent of the sanctions, but there will be sanctions," Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy told RTL radio.

He said the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany "agree on one thing: that there will be a United Nations Security Council resolution backed by all, including China and Russia.

Political directors from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States met in the French capital late Wednesday to talk about what action to take against Iran, which defied a UN deadline of August 31 to cease enriching uranium.

Several of the countries, especially the United States, fear that despite Iran's insistence that it is pursuing civilian nuclear energy ambitions, the programme is in fact designed to build a nuclear arsenal.

Diplomats said the Paris meeting failed to reach agreement among the six countries on what sanctions should be applied.

Russia and China -- which have strong economic interests in Iran -- have tried to water down a draft UN Security Council resolution drawn up by France, Britain and Germany, while the United States has sought to harden it.

The European draft would bar trade with Iran in goods related to its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and impose financial and travel restrictions on persons and agencies involved.

According to diplomats in Paris, Russia -- though willing to back the trade ban -- is still opposed to sanctions being applied to individuals, though it will accept a ban on shipments of sensitive goods.

Tehran has warned it would regard any attempt to thwart its nuclear programme as an "act of hostility".

Douste-Blazy, at a joint media conference with his Israeli counterpart Tzipi Livni, said France was "in a hurry" to see sanctions imposed.

"I think this is about the credibility of the United Nations Security Council," he said.

"To my mind, we are going to find a joint solution to be united behind a resolution," he said, adding that he would soon be speaking by telephone with the foreign ministers of the five other countries involved.

Livni, whose country is especially alarmed over Iran's nuclear ambitions and its expressed wish to see Israel one day wiped off the map, said decisions had to be made quickly, "because the Iranians are trying to stall" to win time to master the nuclear processes underway.

President Jacques Chirac, who also received Livni, reinforced Douste-Blazy's message by insisting on the "importance of solidarity in the international community on this issue concerning Iran," his spokesman said.

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Russia warns of drawn-out nuclear dispute with Iran
Athens (AFP) Dec 06 - Russia's defence minister warned Wednesday against imposing too tough sanctions on Iran over its refusal to stop enriching uranium that could cause a long-term nuclear dispute, as with North Korea. "We shouldn't push the situation to a North Korean scenario," said Sergei Ivanov during a two-day working visit to Athens.

Six-nation negotiations between North Korea and the United States, China, South Korea, Russia and Japan, have been stalled since November 2005 over North Korean objections to US financial sanctions.

"If sanctions are imposed on Iran by the UN Security Council, they should be realistic ... and not without a time limit," Ivanov said.

"Otherwise, we might face a risk of losing the possibility for any political or diplomatic solution," he told a news conference.

Earlier on Wednesday, the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany agreed on the need for sanctions against Iran after a Paris meeting on Tehran's nuclear programme, though their extent is yet to be decided.

Several of the countries, especially the United States, fear that despite Iran's insistence that it is pursuing civilian nuclear energy ambitions, the programme is in fact designed to build a nuclear arsenal.

Russia and China -- which have strong economic interests in Iran -- have tried to water down a draft UN Security Council resolution drawn up by France, Britain and Germany, while the United States has sought to harden it.

The European draft would bar trade with Iran in goods related to its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes and impose financial and travel restrictions on persons and agencies involved.

Source: Agence France-Presse

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Washington (UPI) Dec 06, 2006
Robert Gates, the presumptive new U.S. defense secretary, warned against taking military action against Iran and Syria Tuesday. "I think that we have seen in Iraq that once war is unleashed, it becomes unpredictable. And I think that the consequences of a conflict -- a military conflict with Iran could be quite dramatic.







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