We've been allegedly on the brink of serious sanction sagainst Iran many times before, and then it all just seems to evaporate, presumablu because Russia and China ultimately won't agree to serious sanctions. I mean, the trouble is, if the sanctions are going to be serious, there are a lot of Russian and Chinese businessmen who are going to lose A LOT of money. Today's Russian and Chinese governments are heavily influenced by men with money, so I am yet to be convinced anything major is going to happen. Some of Haaretz's sources here seem a little over-excitable. One 'senior official' starts his piece by saying "To be honest, nobody knows for certain at the moment what China is going to do" which seems fair enough, but by the end of a short paragraph he entirely contradicts himself "It's not going to go against them by undermining the resolution." He can't be right on both.
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