Wednesday, December 08, 2004

U.S.: Iran's WTO prospects grim - (United Press International)

U.S.: Iran's WTO prospects grim - (United Press International): "U.S.: Iran's WTO prospects grim

Washington, DC, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday it was backing Iraq and Afghanistan's bids to join the World Trade Organization, but there's no consensus on Iran.

The general council of the World Trade Organization meets Dec. 13-14 to consider requests by Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran to join. U.S. State Department deputy spokesman Adam Ereli said there was broad consensus in the bloc for Iraq and Afghanistan to join.

"There has historically been a lack of consensus on Iran's application for membership," he said.

The World Trade Organization decides issues through consensus only, and Ereli's comments have been U.S. policy for eight years.

The two countries have already clashed this year on Iran's nuclear program, which Washington says is being used to secretly make nuclear weapons."

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