Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Busy State Department Spanks Iran

The U.S. State Department is busy coordinating aid for Haitian victims of last week's earthquake. A State Department spokesman commented on Iran's response to a UN plan. YNET reported:

Iran has formally rejected key parts of a deal to send abroad for processing most of its material that could be used to make nuclear arms. U.S. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Iran's response was inadequate.

"I am not sure that they have delivered a formal response but it is clearly an inadequate response," he told reporters. "I am not sure that whatever they have done, perhaps today, is any different than what they have done previously."

Iran's failure to meet an effective US deadline of December 31 to accept the plan devised in October by then-IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei has prompted six world powers to start considering possible tougher sanctions against Tehran.

The U.S. military is busy fighting two wars, while making "slow & steady progress" in Haiti. How might Iranian developments impact American military support for Haiti?