Sunday, February 26, 2006
Iran and Russia agreed `in principle' on a joint uranium enrichment venture on Russian soil. Not that sanctions would have been forthcoming or effective even if voted for, but Russia has rescued Tehran from any UN Security Council oversight or penalties. Referral of Iran’s nuclear breaches of the NPT was to have taken place after the critical IAEA board session in Vienna March 6.
I expected an agreement of some sort at this juncture..simply because the Iranians have absolutely nothing to lose.J O S H U A P U N D I T: Connecting a few dots on Iran
The deal was announced today by Gholamreza Aghazadeh, head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, and the Head of Russia's Atomic Energy Agency Sergei Kiriyenko at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear reactor.
The Russians will be able to ask for time to work on the details of the Moscow-Tehran accord and continue finishing Iran's nuclear facilities...and their defenses. The Iranians will buy several precious months to continue to process uranium on their own soil – their main objective in the first place. Washington, the EU and the UN are meanwhile restrained from any further action `so diplomacy can have a chance to work'.
Thanks to the Russians, there is little chance of united action by the West to derail Iran's nuclear weapons program. Iran is now free to continue to enrich uranium up to weapons grade.
This represents a development on the scale of the Comintern Pact between Hitler and Stalin on the eve of WWII, which removed the threat on Germany's Eastern border and freed up Hitler's forces to attack the West. There is a significant factor in the Kremlin (which Kiriyenko belongs to, reportedly) who favor a Moscow-Teheran alliance
to share power in the region and counteract the power of the US and the Western Democracies.
Like Stalin, who continued selling oil and other raw materials to the Nazis up to the very day he was attacked by them, Putin and Russia may be in for a very rude awakening in the not too distant future.