US fears Russia will sell Iran S-300s

Related article: De Telegraaf: “Attack on Iran expected”:

“AMSTERDAM – The Dutch intelligence agency AIVD has conducted an ultrasecret operation in Iran with the purpose of infiltrating and sabotaging the weapons industry in the islamic republic.”

“The operation, deemed extremely succesfull, has recently been cancelled because of an imminent aerial attack on Iran. Targets include sites that are connected to the Dutch spying.”

So the attack is already on its way and this is just another excuse to justify it:

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US intelligence says escalating tensions between Washington and Moscow could prompt Russia to sell the sophisticated S-300 system to Iran.

“If Tehran obtained the S-300, it would be a game-changer in military thinking for tackling Iran. That could be a catalyst for Israeli air attacks before it is operational,” said Dan Goure, a long-time Pentagon advisor.

“This is a system that scares every Western air force,” he said.

Israeli officials have said that the system would complicate a potential attack on Iran’s ‘numerous, distant, and fortified’ nuclear sites.

Tel Aviv has threatened to launch air strikes against Iranian nuclear facilities under the pretext that Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans to develop nuclear weapons.

This is while the UN nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran enriches uranium-235 to a level of 3.7 percent – a rate consistent with the construction of a nuclear power plant. Nuclear arms production requires an enrichment level of above 90 percent.

(So everything Iran does is according to international law perfectly legal as Ron Paul said before.
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Iran announced last December that it had ordered an unspecified number of Russian-made anti-aircraft S-300 systems, which can simultaneously track 100 targets and fire on planes 75 miles (120 km) away.

The installation of the S-300 systems could further enhance Iran’s defensive capabilities to counter any potential aerial attacks on its nuclear sites.

The Daily Telegraph reported that senior US intelligence operatives believe the Kremlin could use the S-300 system to create a new foreign policy showdown with the White House in response to US interference in the Caucasus.

Tensions between Russia and the US have been mounting after Georgia’s military offensive into South Ossetia in early August to reclaim the de-facto region prompted Russia to send its troops into the area.

Washington supported Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili’s government and condemned the Russian initiative to defend South Ossetians.

“Back Georgia and Ukraine for NATO membership and you’ll see the S-300 to Iran. It is a very powerful bargaining chip and a major deterrent to US actions in the region. Moscow is playing very strategically on America’s obsession with Iran,” said George Friedman, the director of Stratfor, a leading US private intelligence agency.

He added that once the S-300 is operational in Iran, it would effectively rule out Israeli air raids and seriously complicate any US aerial bombings.

Sun, 31 Aug 2008 18:26:14 GMT

Source: Press TV

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