NUCLEARIZATION OF IRAN AND THE POLICY OF RUSSIA
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The nuclear issue of Iran has become a political discussion of significance in both Iran and Western countries. A considerable disjunction has emerged between the political views of Iran and the West. Iran claims that it is entitled to nuclear sovereignty over civilian nuclear power and has denied that it has a nuclear weapons program; Western governments feel that Iran’s “peaceful” nuclear program has hidden intentions to create nuclear weapons. International mediators have been making reconciliatory efforts with Iran but have met with little success. As a result, Iran is constantly criticized by the West, particularly the US and the EU, and has come under immense pressure, including facing economic sanctions by the UN Security Council and the IAEA in an effort to prod the regime into being more transparent in its nuclear activities. Despite this, Russia continues to support Iran’s nuclear program. Indeed, many geopolitical, strategic and economic considerations have compelled Russia to support Iran. This work is solely devoted to exploring the considerations and perspectives of Russia concerning Iran’s nuclear issue. It also includes an understanding of Iran’s nuclear motivations and aspirations with a view to calculating Moscow’s views.
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