Someone pinch me. The UN actually did something constructive. That John Bolton is one wily fellow. New York Sun
A SIGNAL IS SENT TO IRAN’S MULLAHS
UNITED NATIONS — As the U.N. Security Council slapped sanctions on four men in Sudan yesterday and prepared to begin negotiations next week to halt Iran’s nuclear program, the leaders of the two renegade countries met in Tehran, promising to increase cooperation, including a possible transfer of nuclear technology.
The council’s economic sanctions against a Khartoum air force officer, a Janjaweed sheik, and two rebel leaders marked the first punitive measures taken against anyone involved in the ongoing atrocities in Sudan’s Darfur region that have left hundreds of thousands dead and millions homeless, and which America considers genocide.
China and Russia expressed reservations about the measures, but both countries refrained from vetoing the American-proposed resolution. Both, along with Qatar, abstained from the vote, while the rest of the 15 council members supported the action.
China’s U.N. ambassador, Wang Guangya, said his country continues to oppose sanctions as a diplomatic tool. The five permanent members of the Security Council, however, “should use the veto power very carefully and constructively,” he told The New York Sun.
“We take the Russian and Chinese abstention to be acquiescence in the opposition to the sanctions,” the American ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, said.
Swissinfo has more here.
UPDATE: How great is this? Half-million postcards to Bush on Sudan