China ‘not OK’ with joint statement on Iran
[China's] reluctance reflected the East-West divide among the six world powers that just two weeks ago appeared to be in agreement about how to engage Iran over enrichment and to persuade it to give up technology that could be used to make nuclear arms.Emphasis on "appeared to be." Administration officials are, after all, masters of deception.
"China is not OK and Russia might follow" Beijing's lead in opposing the joint statement, said a diplomat accredited to the meeting, [on condition of anonymity].But of course, the US won't settle for anything less than a green light for military action.
Another diplomat said China appeared to be feeling pressure from the Nonaligned Movement, which last month emphatically backed Iran in its nuclear standoff with the West.
Russia's stance was less clear. But Moscow for months has hindered attempts by the United States and its European allies to turn up the heat on Iran in the U.N. Security Council.* * *
[S]igns of discord Monday reflected continuing differences despite the public show of unity.
One diplomat said Britain, France and Germany - the three European nations participating in the six-nation Iran package - were modifying a draft statement on Iran hoping to secure Moscow's and Beijing's backing on a final version.
Other diplomats spoke of more potential divisions. China, Russia and possibly Germany might push to allow Iran some tightly controlled small-scale enrichment rather than see talks founder.
Russia and China also might balk at enforcing selective U.N. sanctions on Iranian officials and activities.
Chief U.S. delegate Gregory L. Schulte called on Iran to respond positively to the offer for talks - and suspend enrichment . . .You can see where that's going - NOWHERE. Just where the US wants it to go.
"The next decision needs to be taken not in Vienna but in Tehran," Schulte told reporters.* * *
[But, when] asked if Iran would suspend enrichment for the sake of negotiations, spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham repeated the government line that enrichment is Iran's "obvious right."