February 17, 2006


Germany: Iran Has Crossed Nuclear 'Red Line' (Michael Drudge, 17 February 2006, VOA News)

The leaders of Germany and Britain have discussed ways to increase diplomatic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted British Prime Minister Tony Blair for talks in Berlin Friday.

The Blair-Merkel meeting focused on what steps can be taken to break the stalemate between the international community and Tehran over the Iranian nuclear program.

After their talks, both leaders stressed the need for a diplomatic solution to the impasse, as Mrs. Merkel explained.

"Germany, France and the United Kingdom have indeed worked very closely together, and gave a very important contribution to the international community, making it very clear that Iran has crossed a red line," Merkel said. "And, we also exchanged to what degree diplomatic efforts have to be made, in order to impress on Iran what sort of steps it has to take, in order to make cooperation with it possible again."

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2006 11:43 AM

Why does this bring to mind the French castle in the Monty Python movie? "...[obey me] or I will taunt you again!"

Posted by: ray at February 17, 2006 4:58 PM

I was reminded of the scene in Team America: World Police where Hans Blix threatens Kim Jong-Il with a strong letter.

Posted by: Gideon at February 17, 2006 6:05 PM

germany and the uk together just might be able to blow down one of the three little pigs' house. in case of real trouble they are at most unreliable auxillaries.

Posted by: toe at February 17, 2006 8:33 PM

Well, they might be able to burn the saffron fields (in a pinch).

Posted by: ratbert at February 18, 2006 1:31 AM

i guess in all fairness i should add that they would do fine manning the canteen, and putting on cabaret shows.

Posted by: toe at February 18, 2006 10:22 AM