Bloomberg.com reported yesterday that the United Arab Emirates seized a North Korean ship carrying weapons to Iran. The cargo included explosives, detonators, and rocket-propelled grenades. According to the article:
“The UAE two weeks ago notified the UN Security Council of the seizure, according to the diplomats, who spoke on condition they aren’t named because the communication hasn’t been made public. They said the ship, owned by an Australian subsidiary of a French company and sailing under a Bahamian flag, was carrying 10 containers of arms disguised as oil equipment.”
President Obama has set the end of September as the date for Iran to respond to his request for new talks regarding its uranium enrichment program. Iran claims to working on proposals for those talks.
It seems to me that this is an indication that what President Bush referred to as the ‘axis of evil’ has not changed its tune. I sincerely hope that we do not negotiate with Iran–it is obvious that our negotiations with North Korea have brought us nothing but trouble, and I see no reason to believe that negotiations with Iran would be any different.