Lt. Colonel James G. Zumwalt, USMC (Ret.) — February 27, 2013
With talks scheduled between Iran and the P5+1 nations — China, England, France, Russia, the United State and Germany — on Tehran’s nuclear program, a world leader is expressing urgency the negotiations yield concrete results.
Perhaps shaken by the recent test of a nuclear device by North Korea, he fears failure simply allows Tehran to do what Pyongyang did — complete building a bomb under the continuing cover of negotiations.
Recognizing the ineffectiveness of talks with Iran to date, he warns, “We should not give much more time to the Iranians and we should not waste time. We have seen what happened with (North Korea). It ended up that they secretly, quietly, without any obligations, without any pressure, (were) making progress” toward developing a nuclear weapon.
The P5+1 have been unable to present a unified front to Iran due to two uncooperative members: Russia and China. It is more the group of P5+1-2 with such lack of unity inhibiting effective enforcement by the United Nations while enabling Tehran to advance its nuclear program objectives.
One would hope it was U.S. President Barack Obama sounding the clarion call for urgency; it wasn’t.