Why have resolutions and “inspections” if they mean nothing?

You might have seen over the weekend that U.S. and European Union officials are hopeful that Iran will show up in Kazakhstan for talks concerning Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, which the west is hoping to stop, or maybe just “contain” if you listen to the testimony of likely incoming Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

The Obama crew is said to be skeptical that Iran will actually follow through on any promise it makes – they might be learning a thing or two! – but they’re still hopeful that the talks will proceed.

I have a question, my friends! Isn’t Iran banned by a resolution of the United Nations from having nuclear weapons? Isn’t the UN’s so-called “watchdog” group, the International Atomic Energy Agency, supposed to be doing inspections to make sure Iran doesn’t build any bombs?

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