Less than two weeks before the deadline for a deal to curb Iran’s nuclear activity, Russia has agreed to build as many as eight nuclear reactors in the country. The deal which was agreed to by Russia and Iran would see the construction of two nuclear reactors in Iran, with the potential for another six, according to The New York Times.
The United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China are all seeking to persuade Iran to reduce its uranium enrichment to a level below that required to build a weapon, even going so far as to offer to lift their sanctions on the country in exchange. According to BBC, Iran is expected to want help with its civilian nuclear program in return for submitting to much more invasive inspections.
Russia’s agreement with Iran also comes shortly Israel’s warning that the Iranian government is not to be trusted. “There is no moderation in Iran. It is unrepentant, unreformed, it calls for Israel’s eradication, it promotes international terrorism,” Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said in a statement, as quoted by CNN. “This terrorist regime in Iran must not be allowed to become a nuclear threshold power. And I call on the P5+1 countries, don’t rush into a deal that would let Iran rush to the bomb.”