« | »

Russia Moves Closer To Giving Iran The Bomb

From those proponents of nuclear proliferation at the DNC’s Associated Press:

President Vladimir Putin, right, greets Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani during a meeting at Novo-Ogaryovo just outside Moscow, Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006. President Vladimir Putin on Saturday held talks with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, a move that signaled a serious Kremlin effort to force Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment program.

Putin meets Iran’s nuclear negotiator

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer

MOSCOW – Russian President Vladimir Putin met with Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Saturday, indicating a strong Russian diplomatic push to get Iran to shift its position on its nuclear program.

After the meeting, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov voiced hope for a quick resumption of international talks on Iran’s nuclear program, news reports said.

"We will push for our common goal — the resumption of talks with six nations," Lavrov said after the meeting with the Iranian nuclear negotiator, Ali Larijani, according to the ITAR-Tass and Interfax news agencies.

Lavrov said Russia and Iran would work to restart talks between Tehran and the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany.

"We think it’s possible, if there is a goodwill, to find mutually acceptable basis for the resumption of talks on the basis of the proposals of the six and Iran’s response to them," Lavrov said.

Larijani, said Friday that Tehran would push ahead with its nuclear program, and suggested it could break off ties with the U.N. nuclear watchdog if the world inflicts punishments proposed by European nations

Moscow is seeking to revive its proposal to move Iran’s uranium enrichment work to Russian soil to assuage international concerns that Iran could use the process to develop weapons. Larijani said Friday that the proposal remains on the table, but there was no evidence of movement toward Iranian acceptance.

"We want to use our rights under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, and in this context there will be no retreat, but we are ready for negotiations," Larijani said Friday. He said Iran was prepared to renew negotiations with the European Union’s top diplomat, Javier Solana, or to hold talks "in any other format," according to Russian news agencies.

The European draft resolution that would impose U.N. sanctions on Iran "will not promote a political solution of the problem," Larijani said. "Those who support adopting the resolution want to aggravate the problems of the region."

With Russia calling for major changes that would water down the proposed sanctions, the visit appeared to highlight divisions among the five permanent Security Council members over how to deal with Iran’s refusal to halt its enrichment program.

In comments that dovetailed with Russia’s warnings that too much pressure could deepen Iran’s defiance, Larijani warned that Tehran would reconsider its ties with the International Atomic Energy Agency if the council adopted the European proposal.

"We will reconsider relations with the IAEA if the United Nations passes the … resolution ignoring Russia’s amendments," Russian news agencies quoted him as saying. Iran has repeatedly threatened to respond to sanctions by blocking IAEA inspections of its nuclear facilities…

The European draft resolution would order all countries to ban the supply of material and technology that could contribute to Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, measures that could damage Russia’s nuclear and arms-industry ties with Tehran.

So how do Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid’s plan to deal with Iran as a nuclear power with Russia as its sponsor?

Our watchdog media will be sure to ask them about this, you can be certain.

(Just kidding of course.)

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 11th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Russia Moves Closer To Giving Iran The Bomb”

Sorry, comments for this entry are closed at this time.

« Front Page | To Top
« | »