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    but stood divided on wielding the threat of military action

    European Union foreign ministers threatened to increase pressure on Iran Monday over its controversial nuclear programme but stood divided on wielding the threat of military action.
    What does the bold phrase mean?
    Can I replace it by "but stand(which was) divided
    on wielding the threat of military action"?
    Thank for help!


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    Re: but stood divided on wielding the threat of military action

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    European Union foreign ministers threatened to increase pressure on Iran Monday over its controversial nuclear programme but stood dividedon wielding the threat of military action.
    What does the bold phrase mean? (continued to be/remain in disagreement)
    Can I replace it by "but stand(which was) divided
    on wielding the threat of military action"? I don't understand your parenthetical "which was", but "stand" would indicate that the foreign ministers continue to disagree.Thank for help!

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    Re: but stood divided on wielding the threat of military action

    Thank you, billmcd:
    I have just found this: http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/stand_1
    5in a state/condition

    [linking verb] to be or stay in a particular state or condition:
    The kitchen door stood open so she went in.
    What I mean above is that "stands", I intended to use it as a noun. Now, I understand it. Thank again.

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