Secret US-Russian deal tied Israel's hands against Iran

(DEBKAfile) — The Obama administration and Netanyahu government greeted the start-up of Iran’s first nuclear reactor at Bushehr with extraordinary meekness, given the grim military and strategic hazards it represents for the region and Israel in particular. Yet nary a squeak of protest came from Washington or Jerusalem when Russian technicians began loading 162 rods of 82 tons of fuel into Iran’s nuclear reactor, a process that will take two weeks, Saturday, Aug. 21 — notwithstanding US-led sanctions, Israel’s military preparations and international diplomatic posturing.

The State Department said Saturday after the event that Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant has “no proliferation threat” — a statement that was completely beside the point. DEBKAfile reveals that both the Kremlin and the State Department have joined in concealing the secret deal whereby Russia votes for UN Security Council sanctions against Iran in return for US silent acquiescent to Moscow’s activation of the Bushehr reactor.

via DEBKAfile, Political Analysis, Espionage, Terrorism, Security.

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