That has become the real question: who can we believe on Iran?
The US and Israel who claim Iran will have a nuclear bomb in a matter of months, a matter of days if you believe Binyamin Netanyahu.
Or everyone else who say that a bomb is a relatively distant prospect that can be avoided through meaningful and open diplomacy.
And what voice should Israel have in the discussion anyway? They acquired their nuclear capability illegally, have stockpiled obscene amounts of nuclear armaments and in the process have destabilized the Middle East. Do you want to live beside someone who bombs their neighbours, as they did last month in Syria, then denied it?
Russia makes the most amount of sense here, as they have in the past few years on most international issues. compared to the strident sabre-rattling rhetoric of the failed US Administration.
Russia, a veto-wielding member of the U.N. Security Council, says dialogue rather than punishment or talk of military action offers the best way to ease tension. It says the IAEA process should be given time to run its course.
Speaking after talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday evening, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said, according to a transcript from his ministry:
“We encouraged the Iranian leadership to undertake further — and preferably more active — work with the IAEA to clear up those questions which have been raised by the agency with regard to the Iranian nuclear program’s past.”
Lavrov, visiting two weeks after a trip to Tehran by President Vladimir Putin, said he “underlined the importance of closing these questions as soon as possible, in order to restore trust in the exclusively peaceful nature of Iran’s activities.”
Ahmadinejad said Iran was “determined” to continue its cooperation with the agency, the ISNA news agency said.
The full article is here: Iran warns U.S. of “quagmire”