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Russians Still Insist On Building Nukes For Iran

From those lovers of nuclear proliferation at Reuters:

Chernobyl

U.S., EU said arguing over Iran nuclear reactor

October 24, 2006
By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A Russian-built nuclear reactor has become a stumbling block to an agreement on a proposed package of U.N. sanctions on Iran, with the United States arguing that Moscow should be forced to halt work on the project, American officials and diplomats said on Monday.

Last week, U.S. and European officials said that to dissuade Russia from blocking U.N. action, Moscow would be permitted to continue work on the reactor at Bushehr in southwestern Iran even if the U.N. Security Council imposed sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear program.

But diplomats and U.S. officials said on Monday that some Europeans now agree the draft sanctions resolution should ban Russia from fueling the reactor.

Washington wants to halt all work on the project, worth about $800 million to Russia. "We are pushing for no exemptions," a U.S. official said.

Some Europeans are concerned Russia will see the dispute as a sign of bad faith and seek to challenge other key aspects of the major powers' common position on Iran.

Maintaining unity among the five veto-wielding Security Council members — the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China — plus Germany has been central to efforts to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Agreement on a resolution is still eluding the major powers a week after Britain, France and Germany began working on a draft.

One European diplomat said if disputed issues are not soon resolved, the Europeans may circulate their draft to Russia and China without U.S. support…

The Russians always have to have some kind of deal going. They even want to make a buck off the apocalypse.

It was ever thus with them.

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