Monday’s G-8 meeting is expected to focus on the eternal US push for additional sanctions against Iran, but to hear the Obama Administration talk the battle for support has already been won.
Top Obama adviser David Axelrod declared that the world had “united” against Iran while fellow adviser Valerie Jarret said there was a “strong world coalition” that would force Iran to back down.
No one appears to have told the Russian and Chinese government, however. President Dmitry Medvedev yesterday reiterated that sanctions were not “optimal” and that punitive measures were “not a good idea” against Iran. He didn’t rule out voting in favor of minor sanctions, but his comments were largely in keeping with Russia’s repeated comments. China has repeatedly signaled its opposition as well.
The latest push for sanctions seems to be built around spy agency’s claims that Iran is planning more enrichment sites, a suspicion which seems to have been built in no small part on the fact that Iran has repeatedly said it is planning more enrichment sites. But though its attempts to spread its civilian enrichment program around so as to make it more difficult to attack may be irksome to the West, it is unlikely to provoke China or Russia to suddenly endorse more sanctions against them.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Putting North Korea Back on Terror Blacklist Threatens Diplomacy - November 21st, 2017
- Palestinian Leadership Freezes Communications With US - November 21st, 2017
- US Claims Over 100 Militants Killed in Somalia Airstrike - November 21st, 2017
- Report Warns Yemen's Famine Risks Killing Thousands Daily - November 21st, 2017
- Tillerson Accused of Violating Child Soldier Law - November 21st, 2017