The main building of Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant
No surprise, but the Russians unequivically rejected a US call for Russia to end its construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant for Iran at the Moscow tals now in progress.
"The adoption of a commitment on ending cooperation with this or that state in some sphere lies exclusively in the competence of the UN Security Council," Foreign Ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said in a statement. "Up to now, the Security Council has taken no decision on ending cooperation with Iran in nuclear energy."
Nor will they, if Russia and China have anything to say about it, I would imagine.
Kamynin said that every country "has the right to decide with whom and how it should cooperate."
US Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns told reporters in Moscow on Wednesday that the United States has called on countries to end all nuclear cooperation with Iran, including work on the Bushehr plant. He also said that countries should stop all arms exports to Iran.
I wouldn't count on it if I were you, Mr. Undersecretary.