The US and Russia: Iran and Nuclear Weapons

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At the United Nations less than a month ago, Russian President Medvedev was asked about Iran developing the capacity to build nuclear weapons. ”In some cases” he said,” sanctions are inevitable.” But in Moscow yesterday, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said sanctions would be “counterproductive.”  He was standing next to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Clinton’s in Moscow to talk about Iran’s nuclear program. Also on her agenda is renewing the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which expires in December, a major goal of President Obama. At the United Nations last month, President Obama expressed a sense of urgency about nuclear weapons. Has he really been able to “re-set” relations with Russia after all?  Even if the Cold War rivals agree to reduce their nuclear weapons, will Congress go along?

Credits

Guests:
James Collins - former US Ambassador to the Russian Federation, Andrei Piontkovsky - Researcher, Russian Academy of Sciences, Binoy Kampark - Lecturer in International Relations, RMIT University, James Kitfield - National Security Correspondent, National Journal

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Katie Cooper, Christian Bordal