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Iran Censured

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There are those who’ll say that this is purely symbolic, since the resolution doesn’t have teeth–but the Iranians have been censured by the IAEA for non-compliance with the nuclear non-proliferation treaty on a 25-3 votes. The three countries voting against were: Cuba, Venezuela and, for some reason, Malaysia. But the real news here is that among the countries voting for censure were Russia and China. This doesn’t mean that they’ll vote for sanctions…but it’s a message to the Iranians nonetheless.

Perhaps, the Iranians can cobble together an alliance with the Cubans, Venezuelans and Malaysians–call it the Axis of Archaic Autocrats.