James Forsyth

Russia indicates it is ready to take a tougher line on Iran

Russia indicates it is ready to take a tougher line on Iran
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It is encouraging that President Medvdev is prepared to concede to Obama that American “assessments have been more right than ours” about Iran’s nuclear programme. If Russian really is prepared to acknowledge (trust but verify and all that) that Iran is attempting to develop nuclear weapons it brings into play the prospect of far tougher UN sanctions on Iran. As an Obama administration source told Fox News, “We have laid the basis for much more severe consequences”.

But time is running out, as the administration source conceded. Iran will reach a nuclear weapons capability within the next year or two. So, the diplomacy needs to be speeded up so we can see if anything short of military action can persuade the Iranians to give up their nuclear ambitions.   

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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