Tuesday, September 06, 2005

U.S. Has No Clear Iran Policy, Russian Expert Says

RIA Novosti:
The United States does not have a clear policy in dealing with Iran, a Russian expert said Tuesday. "The White House currently has 16 policies regarding Iran, ranging from participation in dialogue to pinpointing strikes against nuclear facilities. This means that the U.S. does not have a reasonable policy regarding this country," said Viktor Orlov, director of the Center for political studies in Russia.

Speaking about the EU-Iran talks on the Iranian nuclear program, Orlov said the U.S. is not applying strong pressure on the European Troika, also known as the Big Three. READ MORE

He said the U.S. practically removed the issue concerning Russia's participation in the construction of a nuclear power plant (NPP) in Bushehr from its agenda.

"On the contrary, the U.S. and the EU say that Russian-Iranian cooperation on the construction of an NPP in Bushehr is a model for international cooperation and complies with all regulations stipulated by the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty," Orlov said.

However, he doubts that the U.S. will use force against Iran.

"For a full-scale operation, the U.S. would need at least 400,000 soldiers that the country doesn't currently have.

A military operation in Iran is impossible under current conditions [because] the Americans will face a more complicated development of the situation than in Iraq," Orlov said.