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January 18, 2006

France Refuses Further Diplomacy With Iran Until It Suspends Enrichment

Thank God for French snootiness and supercilliousness:

Iran asked for a ministerial-level meeting with France, Germany, Britain and the European Union, but its decision to resume some uranium enrichment-related activities “means that it is not possible for us to meet under satisfactory conditions to pursue these discussions,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Denis Simonneau said in Paris.

“Iran must return to a complete suspension of these activities,” he said.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and the EU’s foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, also rejected any return to talks, which Europe called off after Iran ended its freeze on enrichment research earlier this month.

“There’s not much to talk about,” Rice said during a photo session at the State Department with Solana.

Solana agreed that “there is not much point” in resuming talks if there is “nothing new on the table.”

For its part, Iran said it was "unlikely" it would be referred to the UNSC for sanctions.

Alas, with China and Russia both having Iran's back, Iran appears right about this.

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