USA To Launch Non-UN Sanctions Against Iran

From the Jerusalem Post.

In the past weeks the administration has been working with European and Japanese allies on a "menu" of sanctions that could be imposed on Iran even if the issue is not referred to the UN Security Council. According to well-placed sources in Washington, the sanctions being discussed are focused on trade issues, since almost half of Iran's trade is with Europe and Japan.

The talks on multilateral non-UN sanctions are intended to ensure that the pressure on Iran will not expire even if the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) decides in its March 2006 meeting not to refer Iran to the Security Council. The US itself already has Iran under a regime of sanctions deriving from the Iran-Libya Sanction Act, and congress is expected to take on in the next few months proposals of a new sanction bill that will limit even more the possibility of foreign companies to conduct business with Iran.


The US administration is focusing on the next three months, before the IAEA meeting, in establishing a stable majority that will be in favor of referring Iran to the Security Council. The focus is on Russia, that is still trying to broker a deal with the Iranians, but diplomatic effort is also directed at China, India and South Africa.

American officials told their Israeli counterparts recently that the US would take the Iran issue to the UN only if it is sure that the case is "veto proof".....


The American officials also assured the Israelis that the US will not give Iran any security guarantees in return for cooperation on the nuclear issue...

"US preparing non-UN sanctions on Iran" 4 December 2005
Not too sure about this story - The Americans could try and go it alone but the chances of success?

CIA Torture flights and secret Jails in places such as Bulgaria and Poland.
Iraqi Elections - Winner one Mr Abdul Aziz Al Hakim (leader of the Iranian backedSCIRI) - Problems in places such as Ramadi and Fallujah.
Iranian-European Nuclear talks which the Russians have brokered and are due to restart in pretty soon.
Europe, India and China all need Energy. (In the case of Europe, Billions could be lost in Iran)

I don't know it seems a case of Israeli wishful thinking but who knows with Neo Cons?

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