Wednesday, March 21, 2007
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You have to hand it to the Iranian leadership
Another day, another country Iran manages to alienate with its nuclear policy. From yesterday's New York Times:
Russia has informed Iran that it will withhold nuclear fuel for Iran’s nearly completed Bushehr power plant unless Iran suspends its uranium enrichment as demanded by the United Nations Security Council, European, American and Iranian officials say.Two thoughts:
1) As I said last year, "never trust the Russians to be a dependable ally."
posted by Dan on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM
"The fact that Ivanov and ElBaradei are not calling for a pause..."
Shouldn't that read Ivanov and ElBaradei are calling for a pause?posted by: kwo on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM [permalink]
Just to convey a tought: That news of Iranian-Russian troubles started to appear after some nasty echanges with Russia about USA-Eastern European ATBM shield...posted by: lucklucky on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM [permalink]
If the Iranians get back on track with their payments to Russia, they will be able to continue their bomb program. This seems more like a commercial haggle, a la the attempts by Russia to jack up gas prices to its neighbors. It's possible that Bush's suggestion to do Iranian enrichment on Russian soil has lured the Russians into going for an even bigger score, but if the Iranians pay up on their past due stuff while insisting on enrichment at home, I can't see the Russians supporting serious action to stop them.posted by: srp on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM [permalink]
If they start to see ATBMs in fomer Warsaw Pact countries just because Iran missiles i am not sure if they dont start to think twice.posted by: lucklucky on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM [permalink]
If there is a dispute between Russia and Iran, I am fairly sure that it is the result of behind-the-scenes pressure from the Americans. Dan is right that the Russians can't be trusted, but the Iranians can be trusted (though, you don't have to like them). It is hard for me to believe that Iran is not paying its bills, and this does seem like a Russian gas deal type price raise. Russia knows that Iran is in an extremely tight situation and can use this chance to turn the screws on them. Iran, as is its normal way, will continue on its course with or without Russia support. But having the cover of Russian protection is extremely important to the Iranians.
It is extremely troubling that the USA and the British are pushing for more sanctions on Iran. As yet, there is still no evidence of a nuclear weapons program in Iran, and i think it is extremely unlikely that Iran is making weapons. Unfortunately, the USA is determined to control the world and extend its empire, and thus will not allow anyone to act as an independent country. The USA (government) is a true cancer in the world today and should be delt with accordingly.posted by: Joe M. on 03.21.07 at 08:56 AM [permalink]
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