Iran Receives Nuclear Fuel from Russia
Posted by Joshua Price on December 17, 2007
Russia and Iran continue to have a close relationship. Russia has continuously defended Iran and its nuclear weapons ambitions, and repeatedly sought to businesses with the country.
It appears now that the relationship is getting closer. From this morning’s Washington Post:
Russia announced Monday that it has delivered an initial shipment of nuclear fuel to the Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran, a step likely to stir alarm in Western capitals concerned about the true nature of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
The Russian foreign ministry said in a statement that it had received written assurances from Tehran that the 82 tons of fuel will be used only at the Bushehr power plant, which has been dogged by delays amid suspicions that Iran was pursuing a nuclear weapons program. The oil-rich country insists that the plant, which will generate electricity, is part of an effort to diversify its energy sources.
Russia, which is building the $1 billion Bushehr facility, had halted construction at the plant earlier this year, ostensibly because of a financing dispute. But Western diplomats and analysts here said Moscow was in fact expressing its displeasure at Iran’s failure to cooperate fully with inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations watchdog organization. They said Russian officials, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, were also alarmed at the bellicose rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Now Russia is either easily fooled or corrupt. Because I don’t trust Iran, or Russia, I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Russia, under Putin, is corrupt. Just read the following:
”All fuel that will be delivered will be under the control and guarantees of the International Atomic Energy Agency for the whole time it stays on Iranian territory,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. ”Moreover, the Iranian side gave additional written guarantees that the fuel will be used only for the Bushehr nuclear power plant.”
Russia called on Iran Monday to take steps to prove that its nuclear program is only for civilian purposes, an apparent suggestion that it reconsider its stand on enrichment.
At least Russia is doing its part to ensure Iran does not develop nuclear weapons capabilities by sending them nuclear fuel. Wow. I just don’t know how one can make the statement that one wants to be sure Iran is only using its nuclear program for energy purposes and yet one still sends nuclear fuel without any proof–other than that laughable NIE.
This may seem like a small story but whatever ensues must be followed carefully.