Once again, Iran is making statements threatening the West not to use the U.N. to penalize it for nuclear proliferation. Iran’s foreign minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that, despite theories of Iran’s desire for nuclear arms, there was no legal basis for a referral to the Security Council. He also mentioned that such an action would ‘have consequences,’ although he declined to mention specifics.
Iran has recently defied an agreement with Germany, France, Great Britain, and the International Atomic Energy Agency to halt nuclear expansion projects and restarted uranium conversion. Iran claims that all uranium conversion is for peaceful energy purposes. Iranian officials doubt that action will be taken against them by the UN, as sanctions would cause the rise of oil prices.
Will the risk of increasing oil prices dissuade action by the U.N. Security Council against Iran? Will the U.S., Britain, and other world powers tolerate the antics of the nuclear-hungry Iranians? Does Iran have any basis to make such threats?
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