Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Tuesday, May 06, 2003

Let's review. Russia doesn't want to end the sanctions on Iraq, that were specifically in place to address Saddam Hussein (who is no longer in power), because they just want to be sure that Iraq is no longer pursuing WMD. And now Russia assures us that they have no proof that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.

A top Russian official, fresh from talks with the United States on Iran, said on Tuesday there were suspicious aspects to Tehran's nuclear programme but no hard proof it was secretly trying to develop nuclear weapons.

''For someone to be accused, one needs very hard proof. So far there is no such proof either in the USA or in other countries,'' Alexander Losyukov, a deputy foreign minister, was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

''There are some doubts, suspicions, which we must dispel. This is in the interest of Iran itself,'' he said.

When just two months ago Russia said they just have no idea what the Iranians were up to.

"While Russia is helping Iran build its nuclear power plant, it's not being informed by Iran of all the other projects that are currently under way," Rumyantsev said in an interview.

This comment was very different from Rumyantsev's Feb. 21 statement that "Iran does not have the capacity to build nuclear weapons."

Rumyantsev said he was interested in getting hold of a report from the UN nuclear inspectors on the details of Iran's program.

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