Friday, May 13, 2011

Iran and Russia developing Security and military cooperation with Iraq

Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi said Sunday that Iran is ready to develop security-defense cooperation with neighboring and friendly countries.

Vahidi's announcement came in response to Iraq's recent decision to establish a joint security system with Iran.

Likewise, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, during a recent visit to Iraq, said that Russia is ready to strengthen military-technical cooperation with Iraq.

"We are ready to develop cooperation in other spheres, including the military-technical [sphere]," he said.

Mr. Lavrov reportedly offered to supply the Iraqi army with the most advanced Russian weapons.

The military domain is "an important element for protecting the sovereignty of Iraq and the unity of its territory," said Lavrov.

And, Obama, well, he's decided to wind down America's involvement with Iraq and to hand over the keys to Iran and Russia.

In a related development, Iran has received a new shipment of nuclear fuel from Russia for its first nuclear power plant, a key step following the plant's recent startup, the AP reported on Wednesday.
The United States and its allies suspect a connection between the plant and what the West believes are Iranian attempts to develop a nuclear weapon...

Low-enriched uranium can be used to fuel a reactor to generate electricity..., but if uranium is further enriched to around 90 percent purity, it can be used to develop a nuclear warhead.

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