Kansas Senator Sam Brownback
Russia and China have too much riding on commercial relations with Iran to help the West in curbing Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday, calling for tough measures with Moscow and Beijing.
The two countries that are sending the wrong signals today are Russia and China,” said Kansas Republican Sam Brownback.
“Part of the problem is Iran … has effectively bought U.N. Security Council vetoes from China and, very likely, Russia,” Brownback, a potential presidential contender in 2008, said in a speech at the Heritage Foundation in Washington.
Senator Brownback has it RIGHT.
This is why all of the United Nation’s posturing regarding Iran’s nuclear program is bloviation at its finest.
Experts at a symposium at the conservative think tank said Moscow is a major arms supplier to Iran, while Beijing has struck energy deals worth as much as $100 billion with Tehran.
Both of those large powers have also embraced Iran as part of a strategic policy of blunting U.S. influence in the Middle East and Central Asia, the experts said.
“I don’t think China and Russia are going to make serious efforts to stop Iran orNorth Korea,” said Stephen Blank, a China expert at the U.S. Army War College.
The ball is in the Mullah’s court.
But, it WILL be up to the United States and Israel to stop Iran’s quest for nuclear weapons.
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