- US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington is ready to take any measures to prevent Tehran from acquiring Russian or Chinese armored vehicles after the end of the embargo.
- The United States intends to try to get the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution that provides for maintaining the arms embargo against the Islamic Republic.
- If it wasn't for Russia, Iran wouldn't be able to advance their nuclear weapons program.
Iran believes the embargo might be lifted. This opinion was expressed on May 2 by the official representative of the Iranian government, claiming that Iran is convinced that the parties to the nuclear deal, as well as the permanent members of the UN Security Council, will oppose the intentions of the US. According to the Iranian government representative, “Washington’s desire to extend the arms embargo is another confirmation that the US defiantly ignores international agreements and law.”
The comments are interesting, since information became available that Russia is ready to aid Iran further with its nuclear program, in another words supporting nuclear weapons in Iran to a degree. This would explain why Iran is so confident.
Given their current trajectory, China may soon be in unison with Russia as well, under the guise of coronavirus to lift the embargo for the economic reasons. These moved will only further Iran’s agenda to strengthen its power via fear in the Middle East. That would mean further empowering Russia. Russia already has a strong hold on Syria in certain areas within the Syrian Bashar al-Saad agreement.
On May 1, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said that Washington is ready to take any measures to prevent Tehran from acquiring Russian or Chinese armored vehicles after the end of the embargo. It is not just armored vehicles but nuclear technology that Iran has an appetite for and Russia is willing to assist. The only thing standing in the way is the embargo.
The New York Times reported on April 26 that the United States intends to try to get the UN security Council to adopt a draft resolution that provides for maintaining the arms embargo against the Islamic Republic on the basis of the JCPOA. In accordance with the provisions of this document, which was signed by the permanent “five” of the UN security Council and Germany with Iran in 2015, Tehran will be able to purchase weapons and military equipment from foreign suppliers from October.
The Iranian nuclear power industry is developing thanks to Russian technologies and Russian engineers. The construction of the Bushehr nuclear power plant played a major role in Iran’s energy independence. The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power plant in Iran 17 kilometres southeast of the city of Bushehr, between the fishing villages of Halileh and Bandargeh along the Persian Gulf.
Right after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia and Iran signed a cooperation agreement in 1992 for the first stage of the Bushehr project. As part of the deal, the first reactor was connected to the national grid in 2012 and reached full capacity the following year.
In November 2014, the company for the production and development of nuclear energy in Iran (NPP) and the Russian company Atomstroyexport signed two contracts: for the construction of power units 2 and 3 “Bushehr-2 “on the terms of “Engineering,” “Procurement and construction” and “turnkey” and for engineering research and data collection on the Bushehr-2. The Russian trade agreement with Iran is worth over $2 billion and continues to expand.
Bushehr is considered vital for the Iranian nuclear program, since other Iranian reactors are structurally unable to produce weapons-grade radioactive materials.
Bushehr will give a powerful boost to Iranian nuclear research; Russian specialists have unique experience that the Iranians do not have because under this agreement Russia has committed to train the staff of the new nuclear power plant.
Iran’s existing ballistic missiles, created with the help of the USSR, North Korea and China, are capable of carrying warheads with weapons of mass destruction. These missiles are able to hit targets in Israel, the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, and the southern regions of Russia and Ukraine.
There is an expansion of deal in the works to have Russia further assist Iran’s nuclear program, empowering Iran to threaten the world with nuclear weapons. The Kremlin appears to be heavily involved in the embargo scenario to further its geopolitical agenda. Russia is using coronavirus as a stepping stone to further a nuclear deal with Iran.
Iran is dangerous to the West and at this time, with weakened economies around the globe, the US does not need to have a war with Iran. The US needs to do everything to stop Russia from provide Iran with more nuclear technologies to harm the world.