Are You Threatening Me?
Iran's getting referred to the Security Council, basically after IAEA and ElBaradei dispensed with the doubletalk and said what we all know: they're nuclear program is suspicious and probably for bomb-making purposes. As it heads down the path for the Security Council, Iran is all threats.
The meeting is the final step before the U.N. Security Council takes up the case and begins considering whether to impose economic and political sanctions on Iran. The United States, convinced that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons development under the guise of a civilian nuclear power program, has pushed for Iran to be referred to the Security Council for violating the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
A statement issued by Iran at the IAEA meeting today said: "The United States has the power to cause harm and pain. But the United States is also susceptible to harm and pain. So if that is the path that the U.S. wishes to choose, let the ball roll."
What sort of harm and pain? Terrorist reprisals? Probably not, though it wouldn't surprise anyone the way Iran behaves. More likely we're looking at cutting back on oil production. As El Wapo clearly states, while we don't buy oil from Iran many other people do. And when those people can't get the same amounts of Iranian oil, they'll begin bidding up the prices on the oil the U.S. does buy. So we'll all pay the price for taking some action against Iran, but it's a price we should be willing to pay unless we want every nutty theocracy in the world able to build their own nukes and hand them to the hundreds of terrorist groups they fund and support.
The picture is certainly not looking good for Iran getting away clean. Even Putin's compromise has been dropped by the Russians. Most likely they did this because they realized Iran was just using this "compromise" as a method to stall and didn't really intend on actually doing any real compromising. More and more, Iran is isolated and the international community is standing up against them. That's all fine and dandy, and while everyone, even France, is talking tough it looks like they're all waiting for the US to do something about it. As Sam, Robert De Niro's character from Ronin, so eloquently put it: "Everyone wants to go to the party, no one wants to stay and clean up." As always, look here for more information and lots of it from US, European, and Iranian news sources.