BERLIN-Saying that negotiations had reached a dead end, France, Germany and Britain announced Thursday that they wanted Iran's nuclear development activities to be taken to the United Nations Security Council, adding new pressure on Iran to reverse its decision to do research that could develop the technology to create nuclear weapons.
"From our point of view, the time has come for the UN Security Council to become involved," Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier of Germany said at a press conference after meeting here with his French and British counterparts and the European foreign policy chief, Javier Solana. They were reacting to Iran's decision to resume experiments at a nuclear enrichment plant in Natanz.
1. What is the UN going to do?
I mean let's be realistic here, I would be hard-pressed to believe that the UNSC would authorize anything too harsh, even if found to be in violation.
2. What about China?
Will they side with Iran or the EU and US? Or will they support economic sanctions, for the sole purpose of running their goods through the backdoor, a la Oil for Food?
3. Are Europeans truly ready to up the ante?
Are they truly willing to risk the potential consequences, in exchange for doing what is right? Or, will they back down when the backlash finally hits? Because there will most certainly, be a backlash.
These are some serious questions that must be asked. And answered.