The US plan to place further sanctions on Iran for its nuclear energy research program may founder at the United Nations Security Council because of the reluctance of Russia and China to see the sanctions ratcheted up.
Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov expressed cautious optimism on Friday on the Iran issue: He said, “The agreements reached inspire cautious optimism. The most important thing now is to make sure these agreements are fully and timely met . . .”
Russia Today reports on Iran’s agreement to send over two tons of low enriched uranium to Russia for enrichment for Iran’s medical isotope reactor.
Meanwhile, China’s foreign ministry also hailed the progress made in Thursday’s talks in Geneva.
China imports 15% of its petroleum from Iran, and China is now the world’s second biggest oil importer after the United States. The Chinese are opposed to placing any further sanctions on Iran
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