Posted by K.E. White on July 4, 2011
Slate provides an excellent update on the UN Security Council’s upcoming meeting on Syria.
The IAEA referred Syria to the UN Security Council after being frustrated in its attempts to learn more about Syria’s Dair Alzour nuclear reactor, which was destroyed by Israel in 2007.
Sanctions are unlikely: Iran continues to expand its nuclear activities in defiance of the council, whereas Syria’s alleged violations appeared to have occurred in the past and thus do not seem to represent a present proliferation threat.
Still, one of the three diplomats who agreed to discuss confidential information on condition of anonymity said the planned July 14 discussions are significant. He pointed to the fact that the council found the issue important enough to take it up less then a month after the June 9 IAEA referral.
Syria is already under Security Council perusal. The council on Thursday expressed united support for the U.N. peacekeeping force on the tense Syrian-Israeli border — even while remaining divided over any direct condemnation of Syria’s crackdown on peaceful demonstrators and human rights abuses.
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Posted by K.E. White on October 3, 2007
Expect a new Security Council resolution on Iran in November, after reports from the IAEA and the European Union.
From the Voice of America:
Six major powers – Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and the United States – have agreed to continue discussions on the text of a new United Nations Security Council resolution concerning Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability. Since December 2006, the Security Council has unanimously adopted two resolutions imposing sanctions on Iran for failing to suspend all uranium enrichment-related and reprocessing activities. Highly enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear weapons.
The P-5 plus one countries agreed to postpone until November adopting new sanctions on Iran, pending reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency, or I.A.E.A, and Javier Solano, the European Union High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy. Mohamed ElBaradei, the Director General of the I.A.E.A., will report on whether Iran has complied fully with its recent agreement to resolve all questions concerning its nuclear activities, especially its P-1 and P-2 centrifuge programs.
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Posted by K.E. White on August 23, 2007
Summary: The Times of India notes Abe’s critical nuclear omission. And the Asia Times Online delves into the nations’ growing trade relations—not to mention their shared Security Council aspirations.
From the Times of India:
Addressing a joint press conference with Manmohan Singh after signing a roadmap on strategic cooperation, Abe said Japan “was looking closely at the implications (of the nuclear deal) on non-proliferation and disarmament”.
The safeguards agreement has now assumed a very important position in India’s nuclear journey, particularly since this will be India’s responsibility and how India will be judged at the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group. The real test for the Indian nuclear deal will be at this body, where India and the US will ask for an exemption for India.
Nevertheless, it is clear that though Japan has a declared position on nuclear relations, it will not stand in India’s way.
The Asia Times Online explores Japan’s investment in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, and their shared desired for seats on the United Nations Security Council:
However, with the Indian economy clocking more than 9% growth for the past few years, and prospects of improved infrastructure, Japanese industry and investors are in serious rethink mode. The CII has predicted that two-way trade between India and Japan could double to $14 billion by 2012 from an estimated $7 billion in 2007.
And certainly, the DMIC is one big area of involvement. The DMIC will run through the northern states of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra, following a proposed Delhi-Mumbai dedicated rail freight corridor and an Arabian Sea port.
The corridor envisages a freight rail network, industrial parks, special economic zones, airports, seaports, power plants, food-processing parks and other infrastructure along the stretch between the two major commercial hubs of Delhi and Mumbai.
Business apart, India and Japan are also seeking each other as strategic partners in making a combined pitch for a permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council and military and security cooperation in East Asia to check the influence of China. Beijing has been anxious about the “Quadrilateral Initiative” (Quad) involving India, the US, Japan and Australia.
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Posted by K.E. White on March 8, 2007
There is new movement on another sanctions slap on Iran by the Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council.
While negotiations are ongoing, it seems clear that Iran is growing more isolated.
Iran has continued to pursue what Iran’s leadership considers a civilian nuclear energy program, ignoring calls by the United States and others to cease the provocative action.
Readers can find an excellent backdrop to this new development at this blog posting from The Reliant.
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