Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Iran/Russia Nuclear Non-payment Update

al Jazeera reported today that Iran's nuclear plant launch postponed. The reason? Dolla, Dolla, Bill ya'll!

The September launch of Iran's first nuclear power plant is to be postponed, the state-run Russian company building the reactor has said.

Russia will also not deliver nuclear fuel as planned this month to Iran's Bushehr power station due to delays in payment, Irina Yesipova, a spokeswoman for Atomstroiexport, said on Monday.

The Daily Telegraph is harsher:

Iran's isolation over its nuclear ambitions worsened yesterday when Russia announced an indefinite delay to a joint nuclear power project and accused Teheran of abusing its goodwill.

Meanwhile, Iranian officials are - inexplicably - denying that they actually spoke to Americans. Why would that be? It could be that a frank admission to the Iranian people that Iran spoke to the "Great Satan" would somehow diminish its standing as a blustery, bombastic regime that practices diplomacy through exaggerated rhetoric, demonizing its enemies, while truthfully and secretly harboring deep-seated (but well-founded) fear and insecurity. This fear and insecurity is certainly warranted when the economy is on the verge of implosion.

Even though I am not qualified to psycho-analyze a person, let alone a nation, I do know a psycho when I see one.

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