Just when you think things can't get any worse in the P5+1 talks, along comes this news:
Russia signed a contract Tuesday to build two more nuclear reactors in Iran to be possibly followed by another six, a move intended to cement closer ties between the two nations. . . . Nuclear officials from the two countries signed a contract Tuesday for building two reactors at Iran's first Russia-built nuclear plant in Bushehr.
Sergei Kiriyenko, the head of Russia's Rosatom state corporation, and Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi also signed a protocol envisaging possible construction of two more reactors in Bushehr and another four in an undetermined location.
"It's a turning point in the development of relations between our countries," Salehi said after the signing, according to Russian news reports.
Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies observes, "The agreement should mean Iran has no need for an enrichment agreement since Russia will provide the fuel for these reactors." But Iran is unlikely to see things that way, and worse, Russian President Vladimir Putin may be about to spring another trap on the West. "This could be bad if [the] Rosatom deal sets up justification for Iran to enrich, and then to send it to Russia to fabricate fuel," Dubowitz says. "Even if that's not the case, a country in flagrant violation of multiple UN Security Council Resolutions still would receive reactors and nuclear fuel without meeting its non-proliferation obligations."