The United States, in a message aimed at Russia, called on governments involved in nuclear projects in Iran to immediately freeze those projects.
Stephen Rademaker, the U.S. assistant secretary of State for arms control, said nations should tighten their policies following last month's finding
by the International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran should be reported to the U.N. Security Council because it failed to convince the international
community that its nuclear program was entirely peaceful.
"We think it is self-evident, for example, that in the face of such a finding, no government should permit new nuclear transfers to Iran, and all
ongoing nuclear projects should be frozen," Rademaker told the U.N. General Assembly's disarmament committee.
Although he did not mention Russia by name, and later declined to elaborate on his remarks in any way, Moscow is building a $1 billion civilian
nuclear reactor at Bushehr in Iran and has agreed to supply it with fuel.
In Moscow, a source in the Russian nuclear industry close to the Bushehr project said Rademaker appeared to be speaking for himself and not the Bush
"This is obviously an opinion of an individual, not of the U.S. government. Officially the U.S. government has said many times it saw no problem with
our Bushehr project," the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
"Both (U.S. Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice and the IAEA have been positive about this project," the source said.
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The US will never persuade the Russians to stop the building of the Iranian reactor.
Whether Russia believes Irans intentions or not they are being paid greatly for their work and will not be persuaded to give up by the US, Europe or
any other nation!
Once the UN has sat and twiddled their thumbs for a couple of years the only option left will be airstikes...
But how will the Russians react to a US airstrike taking out their reactor??
Will they react badly...or will they be overjoyed because Iran has to pay them to rebuild it???
[edit on 3/10/2005 by MickeyDee]
[edit on 10/15/05 by FredT]