28 March 2006

al-Reuters' Idea Of Progress

From this "news" story about Iran and nuclear weapons.
It starts with this paragraph:
UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Western powers on the Security Council were optimistic on Tuesday that an agreement could be reached on Iran's nuclear ambitions before their foreign ministers discuss the issue this week.

And then comes the real fun part:
One remaining obstacle, diplomats said, was a provision in the draft statement saying weapons of mass destruction were a threat to international peace and security.
(Oh dear not that)
Russia believes this could be a prelude to punitive measures and may want to leave that for the Thursday meeting among the ministers of the permanent five and Germany, a negotiator with Iran.

U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, returning from a trip to Africa, told reporters, "The issue is really who should deal with the file -- whether it is at the technical level at the IAEA or should it come to the council..."

"I think the council itself is very much engaged in this and is fully seized of the matter," Annan said. "But there are lot of technical aspects of the issue, which the atomic agency should continue to deal with."

Well ain't that a kick in the pants.

So progress is taking place the only thing holding it up is the crazy idea that nuclear weapons fall under the title of WMD's.

Man I love al-Reuters.

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