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NEWS: Iran Wants to Expand Nuclear Ties with Russia

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posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 01:35 PM
Despite the fact that Iran's first nuclear power plant is to be opening in 2005 or in 2006, the Iranians still feel that they need to expand their nuclear ties with Russia. Despite the fact that the Russians have been helping Iran develop their first nuclear power plant, Iran still feels that they need to be in more on the new nuclear technology. This is very interesting based upon the agreement that Iran just reached with the European nations late last month. Now, the Iranians have made it public that they wish to make their nuclear technology far more advanced than it currently is.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran told nuclear partner Russia on Wednesday it would have to show "readiness" to expand nuclear ties with Tehran to secure a solid share of Iran's atomic market in face of growing competition from Europe.

Moscow has built a $1 billion nuclear reactor in Iran in defiance of strong criticism from the United States, which believes Tehran can use the facility to make atomic bombs.

But Russia's stance on Iran toughened since President Vladimir Putin's re-election in March gave more priority to ties with Washington, with both softening their criticism of each others' military operations in Iraq and Chechnya.

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Iran will be opening the Bushehr nuclear power plant either next year or in 2006, depending on which source you are using. This shows that their nuclear ties with Russia have been significant enough to be able to develop this nuclear power plant. Now that Iran has agreed to temporarily halt their uranium enrichment program, however this article shows that they are still definately looking to expand upon their nuclear program.

Now that Russia is trying to maintain a good relationship with the United States, Russia has been forced to tell the world that Iran's nuclear program has no ambitions but peaceful ones. Russia claims that they will only help in building a peaceful nuclear program in Iran, however this seems to counter those claims. Russia now will become even more fearful of the repurcussions because it is possible that Iran will go to other countries that will help them out.

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posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 02:07 PM
sounds like Iran is just askign to set off Bush's itchy trigger finger

i'll be interested how the outcome of these nuclear facilties affect US-Russian relations. If Russian is proven to be completly wrong about Iran's "peaceful intentions", they are either going to look like fools or liars in the world community.

posted on Dec, 15 2004 @ 06:59 PM
I doubt Bush needs this to pull the trigger on Iran. It'd be pretty easy to fabricate something to prove Iran is worth attacking.

Also, will the EU be providing nuc tech under the new nonproliferation deal? The article seems to suggest that.

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