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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, and Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh, left, visit a model of an oil production platform in the Tehran’s Oil, Gas, Petrochemical Show, in Tehran on Friday, April. 21, 2006.

ASSociated Press: Russia Warns Against Threatening Iran

A top Kremlin diplomat warned against threatening Iran with sanctions or the use of force, saying that would only aggravate the international standoff over Tehran’s suspect nuclear program, Russian media reports said Saturday.

Rather than getting Iran to stop uranium enrichment, a tougher stance could result in Tehran’s total refusal to cooperate with the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency, said Oleg Ozerov, deputy director of the Foreign Ministry’s Middle East and North Africa Department, according to ITAR-Tass.

“We firmly stand today for resolving the problems in and around Tehran diplomatically rather than militarily. Increasing international pressure on Iran has no prospects,” Ozerov was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency.

Flap and the United States knows that international pressure on Iran is going NOWHERE. It has been NOWHERE for decades as Iran has clandestinely enlarged their uranium enrichment and nuclear weapon facilities.

Russia is tied economically and militarily to Iran. Russia needs Iran’s petro currency to modernize its economy and military. Iran needs Russia’s nuclear expertise and military hardware. A union made for two totalitarian states.

So, what is so surprising?

The United States and European allies are pushing for sanctions because of Iran’s refusal to suspend its enrichment program, as demanded by the U.N. Security Council. They suspect Iran is trying to develop atomic weapons in violation of its treaty commitments.

The Iranian regime insists the program has only the peaceful purpose of generating electricity. Russia, which has close ties with Iran and is building that nation’s first nuclear power plant, opposes sanctions.

Despite what U.S. and Russian officials have described as increasingly close positions on the Iranian nuclear program in recent years, they appear far apart heading into the Friday deadline set by the Security Council for Iran to stop enrichment.

Russia and China have their side deals with Iran. They will never vote to sanction Iran – not that sanctions would work anyway.

When the “POINT OF NO RETURN” is reached, the United States and Israel will take out (by military operations) Iran’s nuclear facilities.

What is Russia going to do? Militarily defend Iran against the United States and begin NATO attacks on Russia?

Doubtful.

In the meantime, the United States shoudl afford no trade opportunities for Russia and/or China. The G8 meetings in St. Petersburg should be interesting. Russia better have good economic deals with the Muslims because they have just been cut off from America and the rest of the G8.

In fact, the G7 should kick Russia’s ass out of the G8 because of Putin’s refusal to ensure democratic and political freedoms for the Russian people. This Iranian allegiance with Russia has NOT helped them.

The United States and Britain say that if Iran doesn’t meet the deadline, they will try to get the council to make the demand compulsory, which would raise the possibility of sanctions.

Seeking to avoid having the sanctions issue come before the council, Russian officials argue that the International Atomic Energy Agency should take the lead for the United Nations in trying to resolve tensions over Iran’s nuclear program.

Ozerov stressed Russia’s opposition to the use of force against Iran – an issue that got close attention in state-run Russian media after President Bush said last week that military action could not be ruled out.

“The forceful option is extremely dangerous and not constructive,” ITAR-Tass quoted Ozerov as saying during a seminar on global security.

The report added that Ozerov also warned Iran against making belligerent statements.

And what will happen next week?

The IAEA will report to the United Nations Security Council that they cannot confrim certain aspects of Iran’s nuclear program and that Iran continues to enrich uranium despite the security council requesting them to stop.

The security council will then entertain resolutions written by the United States and Britain. These resolutions will go NOWHERE.

The United States will then impose their own sanctions (travel, economic and military) against Iran.

Iran will respond.

 Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia Warns Against Threatening Iran

Stay tuned……..

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 Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia Warns Against Threatening IranThe Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.



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Ahamad Alavi, head of the Astan Qods Razavi museum, holds a sample of enriched uranium during a ceremony to mark Iran’s successful production of enriched uranium in Mashad, 924 km (574 miles) east of Tehran April 11, 2006. Iran’s ambassador to the U.N. nuclear watchdog said on Saturday that Iran had a basic deal to enrich uranium in a joint venture in Russia but said details were still being worked out, Iranian state radio reported.

ASSociated Press: Report: Iran, Russia Reach Enrichment Deal

Iran’s envoy to the U.N. nuclear watchdog agency said Saturday the Islamic republic had reached a “basic deal” with the Kremlin to form a joint uranium enrichment venture on Russian territory, state-run television reported.

Ali Asghar Soltanieh, envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency, “spoke of a basic agreement between Iran and Russia to set up a joint uranium enrichment firm on Russian soil,” Iranian state television reported.

But, the devil will be in the details.

Will Iran foresake uranium enrichment at Natanz and Isfahan as the United States and Europe have demanded?

Doubtful….

It remained unclear, though, whether Iran would entirely give up enrichment at home, a top demand of the West, or whether the joint venture would complement Iran’s existing enrichment program. Enriched uranium can be used to fuel nuclear reactors that generate electricity or to make atomic bombs.

“Only issues regarding technical, legal and financial matters remain to be resolved which need more deliberation and exchange of views,” the television quoted Soltanieh as saying Saturday in Moscow.

Soltanieh made the comment on the sidelines of an energy conference. Russia and state television gave no details on the deal.

In February, Iran and Russia announced that they had reached a “basic agreement” to establish a joint uranium enrichment venture in Russian, but details were never worked out.

Iran has vowed it would never give up its right under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty to enrich uranium and produce nuclear fuel.

Sooooo… Iran will enrich their uranium secretly in underground bunkers for their nuclear weapons program and allow Russia to build their reactors and supply the fuel for electricity generation.

And Russia will supply Iran the weapons to defend their underground clandestine centrifuges.

PERFECT.

A WIN WIN for Iran and Russia.

Russia is NO FRIEND of the United States and Israel. Putin has turned the former Soviet Union back to its own totalitarian self.

And Russia should no longer be treated as an adversary?

NOT!

The beginnings of a “NEW COLD WAR?”

Stay tuned……

Captain Ed has Russia And Iran Reach Enrichment Agreement 

This agreement, if on the level, could help defuse the tense situation and allow Iran enough nuclear technology for domestic energy purposes while denying them the bomb. That requires a faith in Moscow that long ago should have been abandoned. Three years ago or even two, I might have applauded this development. Now it appears more like a Locarno Treaty — an agreement that binds Iran only to the extent that Iranian capabilities do not currently exceed the limits of the agreement. Absent the key details, it looks more like a dangerous panacea that will Iran to continue its enrichment program relatively unfettered, under the protective wing of the Russian autocracy.

 Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia and Iran Reach Basic Deal on Uranium Enrichment

A view of the uranium conversion site at Isfahan, Iran, is seen in this DigitalGlobe satellite image released with notations by the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) on April 16, 2006. New satellite imagery indicate Iran has expanded its uranium conversion site at Isfahan and reinforced its Natanz underground uranium enrichment plant against possible military strikes, a U.S. think tank said. The ISIS said, in an email sent to news media with attached commercial satellite photos, that Iran has built a new tunnel entrance at Isfahan, where uranium is processed into a feed material for enrichment.
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Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia – “Decision on Iran Must Await IAEA Report”

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Ali Larijani – “Iran will follow its nuclear programme with patience.”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Rafsanjani – “We Are at the Service of the Whole Region”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Tony Blair Refuses to Back Iran Strike

Iran Nuclear Watch: Peres – “Ahmadinejad Will End Up Like Saddam”

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Issues Military WARNING to the United States

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Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran Could Produce a Nuclear Bomb in 16 Days

Iran Nuclear Watch: Condoleezza Rice – Iran Uranium Enrichment Will Require “Strong Steps” from the United Nations Security Council

Iran Nuclear Watch: Iran to Move to Large-Scale Uranium Enrichment

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Cannot Confirm Uranium Enrichment Claim

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Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Nuclear Attack on Iran – “Not on the Agenda”

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran – Redux

Iran Nuclear Watch: United States Considers Use of Nuclear Weapons Against Iran

 Iran Nuclear Watch: Russia and Iran Reach Basic Deal on Uranium EnrichmentThe Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.



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