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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Richard N. Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations:Two words on Iran

Taqrir Washington :
.....To me, it is more important to get a consensus on sanctions, whether in the Security Council or not. I don't think we are quite there with Iran in terms of the policy. A successful policy will require three things: clear articulation of what Iran must do; incentives in the form of explicit assurances to Iran of the benefits that would accrue to it if it meets these requirements; and the clear articulation of the penalties or sanctions that would come its way if it doesn't.
I don't believe the United States and the other major nations of the world have reached a consensus on either the whole range of incentives or sanctions. So rather than leaving it vague and people talking about "going to the Security Council," I believe that the United States needs to be much more explicit now, as do the Europeans, the Russians, and the Chinese, about the incentives and disincentives that should be offered to Iran.

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