In the news today, we discover that Iran has decided to ignore the stern warning from the United Nations to stop enriching uranium or face another stern warning:
Iran has ignored the latest UN deadline to suspend uranium enrichment and is actually extending it, a report by nuclear watchdog the IAEA has said.
The refusal to observe the Wednesday deadline could lead to further UN sanctions against Iran.
I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that Iran would fail to heed the U.N. deadline. But it’s more than just continuing with enrichment; Iran is willing to stop enriching uranium only if others do so, too:
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday said his country was ready to stop its enrichment program and return to talks provided Western nations also stopped their own. Ahmadinejad told a crowd of thousands in northern Iran one day ahead of a U.N. Security Council deadline that it was no problem for his country to stop, but that “fair talks” demanded a similar gesture from the West.
This absurd “you first” attitude is about the level of diplomatic seriousness I’ve come to expect from Ahmadinejad, and the talented Cox and Forkum do a great job of skewering it, too.