The EU has been forced to back away from its tough stance on Iran after it failed to get Russia's support for reporting Iran's nuclear ambitions to the UN Security Council.
After a series of negotiations at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, the EU, represented by France, Germany and the UK, decided to withdraw a draft resolution that called for Iran to be reported to the security council for breaching the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).
According to the Guardian, the resolution said there was an 'international absence of confidence that Iran's nuclear programme is exclusively for peaceful purposes'.
While the EU's position, strongly backed by the US, had reportedly gathered just enough support to pushed through the governing council of the IAEA, it was feared that Russia and China would then block the initiative in the Security Council.
Pushing for the Security Council route without consensus in the IAEA would also have sent a damaging message about international views towards nuclear proliferation.
Would this 'damagin message' happen to be the truth that most of the international community doesn't care very much about nuclear proliferation?
It is becoming increasingly obvious that either we accept a nuclear powered Iran, or we use military force to prevent that. Those are the choices. The rest is just window dressing.