Last month I wrote a post about a news article reporting that Saudi Arabia may be forcing down oil prices in an effort hurt Iran and its nuclear program. I wrote that I hoped it was true because Russia and North Korea will only help Iran with its nuclear program as long as Iran continues to pay the bills. Well, it seems Iran can’t pay the bills, so Russia isn’t so enthusiastic about helping Iran.
Russian officials have warned work on an Iranian nuclear plant may be delayed because Iran is late with payments.
Under the Bushehr deal, Russia would have started fuel shipments by March, launched the plant in September and begun to generate electricity by November.
Russia’s Federal Nuclear Power Agency spokesman Sergey Novikov said the “launch schedule definitely could be affected” by the delay in payments.
One unnamed Russian official told Associated Press Iran was blaming “technical reasons” for the delay. Iran has not commented officially.
And Bill Arkin calls our troops mercenaries?