Middle East Digest: March 6, 2007
Bureau of Public Affairs
The Middle East Digest provides text and audio from the Daily Press Briefing. For the full briefings, please visit http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/
From the Daily Briefing on March 6, 2007:
QUESTION: And are you making any progress or are you getting any closer on securing agreement among the P-5+1 on an
MR. MCCORMACK: We're chipping away at it. It's up with the perm reps now in
QUESTION: I remember you saying you hoped to do it this week.
MR. MCCORMACK: Table a draft resolution.
MR. MCCORMACK: Steve.
MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah.
QUESTION: Mohamed ElBaradei saying today he has information that Iran has slowed down its enrichment of uranium, but the Foreign Minister Motaki says that's not true; they're going full speed ahead. Can you shed any light on that?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, I'm not sure that's exactly what Mr. ElBaradei said. I know that there was a news report out to that effect, but I'm not sure that that was an accurate characterization of what Dr. ElBaradei said.
There are a lot of remaining questions concerning
We are convinced, as are others, that
QUESTION: Well, what do you suppose the -- it was a little vague -- slowed down or postponed or delayed or put it up -- you know, their production process -- you don't have any information about a change in their --
MR. MCCORMACK: I don't have -- I'll refer you back to the IAEA as to the state of their program. They are the ones that are on the ground. The basic fact, though, is that
QUESTION: And then P-5+1 and -- I don't know if I missed this, but have you covered that?
MR. MCCORMACK: We did briefly. The perm reps are up in New York chipping away at the -- you know, putting together a resolution and we would hope that this week, we would either have or get very close to having a draft resolution that we could begin circulating to the other members of the Security Council so we can put it to the vote. But all the P-5+1 members remain committed to seeking a second resolution.
QUESTION: Sean, can you give us a readout of the meeting of the Secretary with the Lebanese Defense Minister?
MR. MCCORMACK: Yeah, it was -- I wasn't in the meeting, but I know that on the agenda, very basically, were a couple of things. One, an update talking to the Defense Minister regarding implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701 and the ability of the Lebanese armed forces to meet the mandate that has been laid out for it in terms of exercising control over all the Lebanese territory. She is also going to talk to him about the Hariri tribunal and how to move that process forward within the Lebanese political system.
QUESTION: Is there any project to give assistance to the Lebanese forces, financial assistance?
MR. MCCORMACK: Well, we have already given the Lebanese armed forces some assistance in terms -- in the form of humvees. We have also provided them with some training. I know that we had in mind in our budget request some further training, but we can get you more on that with exactly what it is that the
QUESTION: Back to
MR. MCCORMACK: No, no.