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Russia may support Iran sanctions

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Doomsday101, Feb 27, 2008.

  1. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Russia has said that it may support a new set of UN sanctions against Iran if it does not stop work that may lead to the creation of nuclear weapons.
    Western powers suspect Iran of developing weapons, and want it be subjected to sanctions in addition to those imposed in 2006 and 2007.

    Correspondents say Russia has until recently been reluctant to impose further sanctions.

    Iran denies it has a secret nuclear weapons programme.

    Plutonium concerns

    Asked by journalists if Russia would support sanctions, Mr Churkin said: "Yes. If Iran in the next few days does not stop the enrichment activities of its heavy water project then yes, Russia... has taken upon itself certain commitments... to support the resolution that has been drafted in the past month.

    "Russia is constantly insisting that the [UN] Security Council adopt certain sanctions against Iran," he added.

    Heavy water reactors produce plutonium, which can be an alternative route to a nuclear device, the other being highly-enriched uranium.

    Last week, the UN nuclear watchdog said Iran was being more transparent, but had not given "credible assurances" that it was not building a bomb.

    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran had granted access to sites but remained evasive on key issues.

    Renewed sanctions?

    The UN Security Council imposed two rounds of sanctions in December 2006 and March 2007.

    The first prevented the "supply, sale or transfer" of all goods linked to Iran's nuclear work, while the second prevented dealings with the Iranian state bank Sepah and 28 named people and organisations, many connected to the elite Revolutionary Guard. Imports of arms from Iran are banned while loans are supposed to be limited to humanitarian and development purposes.

    The third sanctions resolution - formally submitted by France and Britain - calls for asset freezes and mandatory travel bans for specific Iranian officials. It also expands the list of Iranian officials and companies targeted by the sanctions.

    Russia's growing ties to Iran's energy industry have made it reluctant to impose more sanctions. Russia is helping to build a nuclear plant in Bushehr, Iran. It has also just finished delivering nuclear fuel to this plant under a $1bn (£501m) contract. Russian gas monopoly Gazprom is also working to develop Iranian gas fields.

    Tehran refuses to stop enriching uranium. It says its nuclear work is aimed at generating electricity.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7267327.stm
  2. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    they're gonna sound like us shortly.

    "um...can we have our stuff back?"
  3. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    :lmao2:
  4. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Russia agreement with Iran was that they would furnish the material for a nuclear reactor and Iran would not enrich uranium and would return the spent fuel rods. This way Iran gets clean energy with much less of an opportunity to use this as a means for nuclear weapons. Iran refusing to abide by this only shows the Russians and the world that Iran is not looking for a peaceful energy they are looking to create a nuclear weapon.
  5. iceberg

    iceberg detoxed Zone Supporter

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    and the world of common sense was agosh with surprise!
  6. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    Only pointing out that having nuclear power and creating nuclear weapons and the means needed to create those weapons are different. This is why Russia is more likely to support the resolution for tough sanctions on Iran
  7. Jordan55

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    Iran creating a Nuclear Bomb, didn't we just have a report, that this was just a Bush paranoia, Solution if we can get the Democratic leadership to open up a dialogue blaming America for all it's atrocites against Iran, paying for the clean up of the failed Jimmy Carter Hostage rescue attempt, and denouncing Israel, pulling our troops out of Irag, Iran can control the Middle East and everything will be alright.
    Obama show us your foreign policy wisdom with guidance from Harry, Nancy, Ted, Howard, John need I go on.
    Change!
  8. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    Russia is not stupid .... they new what Iran would do .... they just want to save face in the world "court" now.

    They want to have a close ally with Nuclear Weapons over there just like we do.

    Its really that simple.
  9. Doomsday101

    Doomsday101 Well-Known Member

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    I don't think Russia is dumb and realizes Iran would turn on them as quick as anyone else. It is not like Russia has had very good luck with Muslim nations. I do think Russia want to do business in Iran because of the oil supply Iran has but I don’t think they are interested in seeing Iran with Nuclear weapons. The process in developing nuclear energy and weapons is not the same. This is why Russia was willing to help them achieve nuclear power as long as Iran stopped enrichment and spent fuel rods where returned to Russia which would still be over seen by the IAEA

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