Thursday, February 07, 2008

Moscow Does a U-Turn on Iran

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Yesterday, Wednesday, Feb. 6, I reported to you the launch of an Iranian so-called "space missile" which drew concern from Washington that it might well attest to the existence of the suspected Nuclear Weapons program.

In something of a surprise U-turn, Moscow agreed with Washington, declaring that they also are deeply concerned that the launch points to the existence of a nuclear weapons program. This diametrically contradicts the US National Intelligence Estimate of last December, which concluded Iran had shelved its covert military nuclear program in 2003.

Moscow has evidently abandoned its persistent denial of evidence that Tehran is developing a nuclear bomb. The comments from the Kremlin, following close on the heels of the White House statements also indicate that Bush and Putin may have settled their dispute regarding sanctions against Iran.
In his comments, Russian deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Losyukov, said that the launch raises suspicions over Tehran's claims of peaceful nuclear intentions.

It was "of course a cause for concern." Long-range missiles are components of a nuclear weapons system, the Russian official said - the first time any senior Russian official had admitted to suspecting Iran of underhanded nuclear weapons activity.

Certainly any news of this kind coming out of Iran raises the already high level of concern here in Israel, in light of Ahmadinejad's repeated declarations calling for the utter destruction of this nation.
(Lekarev Report)


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