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2006-03-10 Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Tehran Mulls Taking UN Atomic Agency To Hague Court
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Posted by Steve 2006-03-10 08:52|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [262 views since 2007-05-07]  Top

#1 Please, please do this. Please. I've got the popcorn cart clean and ready to go. And the cotton candy machine.
Posted by Seafarious">Seafarious  2006-03-10 08:58||   2006-03-10 08:58|| Front Page Top

#2 I'll bring the lemonade, sodas and beer.
Posted by lotp 2006-03-10 09:00||   2006-03-10 09:00|| Front Page Top

#3 An international agency can request an advisory opinion from the ICJ, but IIUC a country can bring suit against another country, but not against a UN agency. In any case the ICJ has no enforcement mechanism, aside from actions of the UNSC. And of course if the UNSC took Irans side the IAEA referral would be moot.
Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-10 09:14||   2006-03-10 09:14|| Front Page Top

#4 'under article 17 of this body's statute the competent court for disputes between the agencies and member states is the Hague" the diplomat added.'

Oh. didnt know that. Still, id have a hard time seeing the ICJ strike down an IAEA res backed by most of the P5. BTW, I still havent seen a list of which countries voted for the referral resolution.

Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-10 09:16||   2006-03-10 09:16|| Front Page Top

#5 Another bid to buy time. If we go along with it, we're fools.

Yet another reason to treat the UN and the ICJ with contempt, IMHO.
Posted by Robert Crawford">Robert Crawford  2006-03-10 09:26|| http://www.kloognome.com/]">[http://www.kloognome.com/]  2006-03-10 09:26|| Front Page Top

#6 I just like the mental image of Larijani trotting off to Den Haag, imploring the international community to "Do Something, mommy. The Americans are being mean to me again."
Posted by Seafarious">Seafarious  2006-03-10 09:29||   2006-03-10 09:29|| Front Page Top

#7 Iran needs a Dirty Harry moment....

You gotta ask yourself....do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?
Posted by PlanetDan">PlanetDan  2006-03-10 09:30||   2006-03-10 09:30|| Front Page Top

#8 Now Dan,

In tribute to Clint ya gotta get it right...

You gotta ask yourself....do I feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?
Posted by AlanC">AlanC  2006-03-10 09:48||   2006-03-10 09:48|| Front Page Top

#9 "Another bid to buy time. If we go along with it, we're fools."

doesnt buy time at all. The UNSC process moves along apace, the ICJ suit will be in parallel. If the UNSC is going to stop and wait for the ICJ, i havent heard of it.

Purely a propaganda move, afaict.
Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-10 09:59||   2006-03-10 09:59|| Front Page Top

#10 Jesus, LH, you haven't been paying attention. Iran has just involved one of the tranzi's holy bodies; anything taken to the UNSC will be met with "give the process a chance", no matter that the process is meaningless.

Keep clicking your heels and wishing, but the international community ain't gonna do squat to or about Iran. The only question is who will block it.
Posted by Robert Crawford">Robert Crawford  2006-03-10 10:18|| http://www.kloognome.com/]">[http://www.kloognome.com/]  2006-03-10 10:18|| Front Page Top

#11 They might fellate them, RC. ;-)
Posted by .com 2006-03-10 10:20||   2006-03-10 10:20|| Front Page Top

#12 Oh, no, not the hag
Posted by Captain America 2006-03-10 12:16||   2006-03-10 12:16|| Front Page Top

#13 "Jesus, LH, you haven't been paying attention. Iran has just involved one of the tranzi's holy bodies; anything taken to the UNSC will be met with "give the process a chance", no matter that the process is meaningless."

We shall see. Id rather see what actually happens.

I agree theres a real chance the Russians will block sanctions. I doubt very much that the ICJ will come into play however. If the Russians try to delay it will be based on their "negotiations" not on ICJ involvement.



Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-10 13:12||   2006-03-10 13:12|| Front Page Top

#14 And the ICJ gives them a convenient excuse.
Posted by Robert Crawford">Robert Crawford  2006-03-10 15:17|| http://www.kloognome.com/]">[http://www.kloognome.com/]  2006-03-10 15:17|| Front Page Top

#15 They can delay if they want to without that. "the real chance for a negotiated settlement", even if its phony, has more clout than the ICJ for a delay - not that some folks arent interested in the ICJ, but an ICJ suit has nothing (legally) to do with the UNSC's schedule, and i think everyone knows that.


Besides if the Russkies thought the referall might be not just mistaken, but illegal, they presumably would have voted no on the IAEA board - does ANYONE have the record of the vote? I havent seen it.
Posted by liberalhawk 2006-03-10 16:33||   2006-03-10 16:33|| Front Page Top

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