The UN Security Council is expected to resume talks next week on a resolution that would apply sanctions against Iran. A key concern for Russia is the future of its one billion euro contract to build Iran’s first nuclear power station. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said Russia believes “the project has nothing to do with concerns about nuclear weapon proliferation because it’s clearly a peaceful power plant.”
China’s representative, Wang Guangya, agreed the draft resolution needs to be softened: “I think it’s a bit too tough,” he said. “It might corner the Iranians. The Chinese always argue that this case is different from North Korea, so we can’t apply the same standards.”
The EU draft resolution demands all countries prevent the sale and supply of equipment and technology that contributes to Iran’s ballistic missile programmes. The talks follow Iran’s successful test of three new types of missiles as part of a ten-day military exercise. Tehran says the rockets bring the whole of the Gulf region, the world’s most important oil shipping route, within firing range.