Iranian clergymen watch a Shahab-3 long-range ballistic missile fird by Iran ‘s Revolutionary Guards in the desert outside the holy city of Qom. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.
Russian and China indicated that they will not support a draft U.N. resolution imposing tough sanctions on Iran for its refusal to halt its nuclear enrichment program.
The comments by Russia’s foreign minister and China’s U.N. ambassador were the strongest reactions yet to the draft by the two key U.N. Security Council members, and signaled difficult negotiations ahead on the resolution drawn up by Britain, France and Germany.
“We cannot support measures that in essence are aimed at isolating Iran from the outside world, including isolating people who are called upon to conduct negotiations on the nuclear program,” the Interfax news agency quoted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as saying Wednesday.
China’s U.N. Ambassador Wang Guangya said “there are still different views on what kind of actions the council needs to do under the current circumstances.”
Wang said “the major concern” is that some members want tough sanctions like those in the resolution that the council approved on Oct. 14 to punish North Korea for conducting a nuclear test.
The European draft on Iran orders all countries to prevent the sale and supply of material and technology that could contribute to Tehran’s nuclear and missile programs. It imposes a travel ban and freezes the assets of people involved in these programs – and also orders countries to freeze the assets of companies and organizations involved in Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.
What a surprise?
Russia and China will NEVER support meaningful sanctions against their business partner Iran.
Why is the United States bothering?
Probably biding time to prepare for the inevitable military conflict.
Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fire test missiles during the first phase of military manoeuvres in the central desert outside the holy city of Qom. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.
While Russia and China signaled the draft resolution is too strong, the United States indicated it considers the draft too weak.
Russia’s Security Council chief Igor Ivanov indicated in comment Tuesday that Russia could support sanctions as a way to push Tehran into talks, but also left plenty of room for wrangling in the council.
Speaking Wednesday in Moscow, South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-moon, who will take over as U.N. secretary-general on Jan. 1, urged Iran to halt uranium enrichment and accept the incentives in return, Interfax reported.
A Russian Defense Ministry official told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his government would fulfill a contract to supply air defense missiles to Iran unless Moscow decides to back the international sanctions that would make it illegal.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, denied an ITAR-Tass report that said Russia had already started delivering the missiles.
Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov defended the $700 million contract signed last December to sell 29 Tor-M1 air defense missile systems to Iran, saying they were purely defensive weapons with a limited range.
Russia needs the cash and China needs the oil.
This is a NO brainer folks.
And…….America as a bonus gets tied up trying to deal with Iran and an insecure oil supply.
America better start planing on another area of the world to extract its oil……..
An Iranian Shahab-3 ballistic missile rolls past during a military parade in Tehran in September 2005. Iran has fired its longer-range Shahab-3 ballistic missile on exercise for the first time as it began 10 days of war games amid a mounting standoff with the West over its nuclear programme.
Stay tuned as Iran demonstrates its military hardware…..
The Natanz uranium enrichment complex in Natanz is pictured in this January 2, 2006 satellite image.
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