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Other News: U.N. Censures Iran Over Nukes

November 27, 2009 at 12:00 AM EDT
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In other news, Iran was censured Friday by the United Nations for refusing to cooperate with a uranium program recommended by the U.N.'s nuclear agency, and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reached out to the Taliban in hopes of bargaining a truce.
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JUDY WOODRUFF: In other news today: Iran was censured for its nuclear program by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog agency. Twenty-five nations, including China and Russia, approved the resolution. They demanded the regime immediately freeze work at a recently discovered uranium plant.

The chief U.S. delegate to the board stopped short of calling for sanctions, but warned Iran that time is running out.

GLYN DAVIES, U.S. delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency: The United States remains firmly committed to a peaceful resolution to international concerns over Iran’s nuclear program.

We also remain willing to engage Iran to work toward a diplomatic solution to the nuclear dilemma it has created for itself, if only Iran would choose such a course. But our patience and that of the international community is limited.

JUDY WOODRUFF: For its part, Iran’s delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency voiced defiance, and insisted his country won’t be pressured or intimidated.

ALI ASGHAR SOLTANIEH, Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency: Knowledge is the heritage of mankind. Nobody has a right to deprive the Iranian nation.

Therefore, the answer to this resolution I said in the meeting. The answer is no. We will not implement any word of it, because this is a politically motivated gesture against Iranian nation. We will continue our enrichment activities and peaceful activities under the (INAUDIBLE)

JUDY WOODRUFF: He did say that Iran would continue to allow basic nuclear inspections, but it will stop making — quote — “voluntary gestures of extra cooperation.”

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai called on the Taliban and other militants to lay down their weapons and rebuild the country. He made the appeal as part of an election pledge to make reconciliation his main objective.

Karzai spoke in Kabul to mark the beginning of the Muslim holiday Eid. He addressed all militants in Afghanistan.

HAMID KARZAI, president, Afghanistan (through translator): From the Taliban to Hezb-e-Islami and all our brothers who stand armed against their country, I hope that, for peace, stability and development of their country, they should come back to their homeland, their families.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Germany’s labor minister joined the head of German armed forces by resigning today. It was over an airstrike in Afghanistan in September that killed 69 Taliban and 30 civilians. German forces ordered the NATO strike.

German Labor Minister Franz Josef Jung, who was defense minister at the time, insisted for days that there were no civilian casualties. Today, he conceded that he never saw a military report indicating civilians were killed.

A former British diplomat told a public war inquiry in London that the U.S. was — quote — “hell-bent” on invading Iraq in 2003.

Jeremy Greenstock, the former British ambassador to the United Nations, said then-President Bush showed no interest in a U.N. resolution to approve the Iraq offensive. Greenstock acknowledged that he even considered resigning if no formal action were taken.

SIR JEREMY GREENSTOCK, former British ambassador to the United Nations: I did not think that the United Kingdom could establish a partnership with the United States in the use of force on the basis of the resolutions up to August 2002 and not beyond it.

And, therefore, I said I might not be able to continue as ambassador in New York, if there was no further updated basis for regarding Iraq as being in material breach.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Greenstock also said that, in his opinion, the war was legal, but of questionable legitimacy.

Pope Benedict the XVI has appealed for greater efforts to fully integrate immigrant children into their new societies. In a message published today, the pontiff called on nations around the world to shield migrant children from exploitation. He said it’s important as the number of children seeking political asylum grows.

The golfer Tiger Woods was injured in a car crash outside his Florida home a little after 2:00 this morning. A police report released 12 hours after the accident said that Woods hit a fire hydrant and then a tree after pulling out of his driveway. It classified his injuries as serious, with facial cuts.

But a spokeswoman from Health Central Hospital, where Woods was treated, said that he was released today in good condition. Florida Highway Patrol said that alcohol was not involved and that no one else was in the car.

The U.S. Secret Service has acknowledged that its agents did not verify the identities of a Virginia couple who crashed a recent White House state dinner. Tareq and Michaele Salahi attended and, according to a White House official, met the president, but were never on the guest list.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan vowed, that would never happen again. A lawyer for the couple insisted that they were — quote — “cleared by the White House to be there.”