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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) greets Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (center) before a meeting of the U.N. Security Council at the world body's headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. At left is Hamid al-Bayati, Iraq's U.N. ambassador. (AP Photo)

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. (right) greets Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari (center) before a meeting of the U.N. Security Council at the world body's headquarters in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. At left is Hamid al-Bayati, Iraq's U.N. ambassador. (AP Photo)

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