The cat and mouse game played by Iran over the past year may well have finally caught up to its leaders when the UN Security Council announced in view of the refusal of Iran to meet last weekend’s deadline, new sanctions would be imposed. The six major countries which includes permanent members of the Security Council plus Germany, offered Iran a package that included major assistance in developing a peaceful nuclear program plus other economic incentives, but the Iranian government simply refused to come forth the past weekend with any type of response that would meet concerns of world leaders. There is a combination of being disappointed, being insulted, being angry, and being apprehensive over failure of Iran to indicate any form of cooperation that could defuse the growing tension in the world over its nuclear development program.
One can only wonder if part of the obstinate refusal on the part of Iran to be cooperative is emanates from a desire not to agree to anything that bears the signature of George Bush. Is Iran waiting for a new president before it will agree to cooperate?