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Friday, December 01, 2006

Russia Said To Back Limited Sanctions On Iran

Do not get your hopes up too much once you have read the whole story from the WaPo:

Russia is ready to back sanctions against Iran aimed at preventing it from building military nuclear potential, Interfax news agency quoted Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as saying on Friday.

"We are not against sanctioning Iran," Lavrov told a news conference during a visit to Jordan.

"We have to concentrate in the U.N. Security Council on prohibiting supply to Iran of technologies, materials and services related to the areas of concern."

Russia has resisted U.S.-led efforts to impose strong sanctions on Iran, suspected by the West of trying to make a nuclear bomb. Iran says its nuclear ambitions are limited to peaceful energy projects.

"Russia is against punishing Iran," Lavrov said, reiterating Moscow's previous position.

Interfax news agency quoted him as saying Moscow was opposed to any other sanctions beyond the ones he mentioned.

Russia is part of an international team, consisting of five veto-wielding permanent U.N. Security Council members and Germany, that is working to persuade Tehran to give up military nuclear plans and make its atomic program transparent.

Russian news agencies quoted Lavrov as saying earlier on Friday that leaders from Germany, the United States, Britain, Russia, France and China were expected to meet early next week to discuss Iran.

Moscow has criticized Iran for failing to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog which is investigating its nuclear program.

They do not want tough sanctions handed down to Iran. The idea of limited ones are nonsensical. If you are willing to do it to send a message to them, then why not go all the way? These petty games are getting tiresome, and end up going nowhere. Of course, this could also be a broader move, much in the way the games went with Iraq.

Then we also had allies willing to come on board for sanctions and resolutions, but one day they would agree with it, and the next they would not. With Iran, there has to be a level of global concern. They claim that their nuclear program is peaceful, and they have refused the IAEA entry to verify that claim. In addition, the IAEA announced that there were some discrepencies regarding Iran's nuclear materials last month.

none of us buy, for one moment, that Iran is not working on nuclear weapons. Mahmoud ahmadinejad's rhetoric concerning Israel is the first thing we point to when others two the Iranian line about a peaceful program. Ahmadinejad did state, several times, that he wanted Israel destroyed by "holy fire." Now, unless he has a direct line to God, and God has turned his back on the Jews, he is referring to nuking them. To do so, he needs a nuclear weapon, and as yet he does not have one. But he is working on one.

And that is the point about the sanctions. Provided that everyone is on board (unlike the sanctions for North Korea where China said they would pick and choose what they will enforce, and what they would not) these sanctions should put a relative end to their move towards a nuclear weapon. At least, we hope it will.



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