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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Iran Steams Russians

Iran announced that it was throwing nuclear negotiations with Russia on the scrap heap, a slap in the face to Russians who had worked hard on finding a compromise. "The Russian proposal is not on our agenda anymore," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said. "Circumstances have changed. We have to wait and see how things go with the five veto-holding countries (on the council)." Russia had been talking of the Security Council making the mildest possible statement concerning Iran. Now Iran may have changed that.

In Moscow, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of international affairs committee of the lower house of parliament, said Iran's decision meant the end of chances for a compromise on the issue, according to Russian news reports. Kosachev also warned Tehran that its refusal to continue talks on the Russian offer could "radicalize" the Security Council's debate, the Interfax and RIA Novosti news agencies said.

The Iranians seem bent on alienating everyone on the Security Council. What's next, calling the Chinese meddling Infidels? This latest move should help produce a first action by the Council with more direct language.

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