White House: UN Nuke Vote a 'Clear Message' to Iran

International community united against Tehran's nuclear program
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 27, 2009 3:05 PM CST
White House: UN Nuke Vote a 'Clear Message' to Iran
U.S. Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Glyn Davies arrives for a news conference during the IAEA's 35-nation board meeting in Vienna, on Friday, Nov. 27, 2009.   (AP Photo/Hans Punz)

The IAEA vote demanding that Tehran stop its nuclear enrichment demonstrates a broad international consensus against the nation’s nuclear program, the White House said today. "Our patience and that of the international community is limited, and time is running out," said press secretary Robert Gibbs. Gibbs noted that China and Russia—typically resistant to taking action against Iran—supported the vote by the UN's nuclear watchdog group, with China even suggesting language included in the resolution, Reuters reports.

"The fact that 25 countries from all parts of the world cast their votes in favor shows the urgent need for Iran to address the growing international deficit of confidence in its intentions,” Gibbs said. “If Iran refuses to meet its obligations, then it will be responsible for its own growing isolation and the consequences."
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