Oh bugger. Just when you thought things were growing a little quiet on the Iranian front, George Bush's Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has announced that the US is increasing sanctions against Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and three state-owned banks.
Condoleezza said: "Unfortunately the Iranian government continues to spurn our offer of open negotiations, instead threatening peace and security by pursuing nuclear technologies that can lead to a nuclear weapon, building dangerous ballistic missiles, supporting Shia militants in Iraq and terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories, and denying the existence of a fellow member of the United Nations, threatening to wipe Israel off the map."
I hope that this is not just another step towards armed conflict with Iran. Though Iran need to be told in no uncertain terms that their actions are not going to go unnoticed, I can't help feeling that the US government are just looking for an excuse to attack. Imposing sanctions is the right action to take, as long as they are given time to take effect and are they not being used as a political stepping stone to war. I'm not anti-war, but I believe every course of action should be taken to avoid it.