US says won’t meet Ahmadinejad during NNPT

Posted: May 1, 2010 by Jonathan Boyko in International, Iran, Middle East, US
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Seeing the whole picture. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad In a not surprising move, the United States declared no representative of the State would meet Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

"Iran knows what our address is – it’s the P5-plus-1," quipped the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, at a press briefing. "If Iran has something to say, it knows where to find us."

Rice was referring to the group that is working towards a fourth round of sanctions against Iran for defying international demands that it stop enriching uranium, a step that could precede nuclear weapons manufacture. The group includes the five permanent members of the Security Council – France, Britain, China, Russia and the U.S. – and Germany, an added party to the talks.

As the only head of state attending the talks, Ahmadinejad has claimed top billing of individual country speakers at the General Assembly opening.


AS THE TALKING heads would start rambling about the Americans “snubbing” the Iranians, the plan of the game is clear: the Americans cannot allow themselves to be seen as giving in to Iranians – for the sake of the US and its allies. It is also a signal to Ahmadinejad himself: the longer you stall on the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, the longer you will be away from the warm hands of Obama administration.

This tactic, however, is not likely to hurt Iran or its President. A press-release would not hurt Ahmadinejad’s country, its economy or its military power. From the point of view of the average Iranian, nothing changes.

The Obama Administration is being persuaded by the American Right to enact a blockade, bordering on offensive. Mostly Republic representatives back a US Navy-imposed blockade on Iran, blocking Mahmoud’s access to one of most important commodities – fuel. While Iran possesses some of the richest oil fields, the country lacks refineries which could turn it into fuel, thus importing huge chunk of its petrol.

Yet, as Obama’s threats only come in form of vague threats, Iran does not have an incentive to change its tactics.


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