“Of course they are not thrilled,” Leslie Gelb, president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a former Pentagon official, said of the administration. “They thought [the Brazilian-Turkish diplomatic effort with Tehran] was going to fail and didn’t stop it, or couldn’t stop it. It looks like it undercut their diplomacy. – President Obama’s nuclear headache
They had to act, so they did.
“Today, I am pleased to announce to this committee we have reached agreement on a strong draft with the cooperation of both Russia and China,” Clinton told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. “We plan to circulate that draft resolution to the entire Security Council today.” … “I think this announcement is as convincing an answer to the efforts undertaken in Tehran over the last few days as any we could provide,” Clinton said. – The New York Times
China welcomed Iran’s “fuel swap” deal with Turkey, which brought the issue of sanctions against Iran into question by some. They went even further in a statement: “I think this will slow down talk of sanctions,” said a former Chinese diplomat to Iran.
China and Iran got the answer today, though now Turkey and Brazil, non-permanent members of the Security Council, will undoubtedly vote against sanctions. Nine members are needed to pass the sanction agreement, which shouldn’t be hard to get.
Whether sanctions will have the intended outcome is another story entirely.