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August 14, 2015 3:58 pm

Russia and China Are the Real Winners in Iran Nuclear Deal

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

For those who are familiar with the history of Russia’s centuries-old manipulative foreign policy towards Iran, the news last week of the shadowy Iranian Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani visiting Moscow to meet with senior Russian leaders – despite a travel ban and UN Security Council resolutions barring him from leaving Iran – would come as no surprise.

According to Western intelligence agencies, on July 24, one week before John Kerry testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee and faced questions about the Iran nuclear deal, Soleimani arrived in Moscow for meetings with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and President Vladimir Putin.

Designated as a terrorist and sanctioned by the U.S. in 2005 for his role as a supporter of international terrorism, Soleimani belongs to a faction of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard leadership whose pro-Moscow tendencies are nowhere more conspicuous than their unwavering military support for the dictatorial regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the closest ally of Russia in the Middle East.

However, Moscow has followed a strategic calculation in its policy towards Iran, a major contributor to and directly involved in the unprecedented bloodshed and turmoil in the Islamic world – because Iran is the best Russian entry point to Middle East.

From using the Iran card to secure concessions from Western governments by not using its veto power against the UN Security Councils’ paralysing economic sanctions on Iran, to calling for a diplomatic resolution of Iran’s nuclear crisis, Russia has been manipulating the U.S. As Carly Fiorina said, “Russia has not been negotiating on our side of the table all along. In many ways they have been negotiating on Iran’s side of the table.”

Back in April, President Putin lifted Russia’s self-imposed embargo on delivering S-300 surface-to-air missiles to Iran; Tehran signed an $800 million contract for them in 2007.

The Russian refusal at the time had more to do with whether Iran was able to pay for the purchase than Moscow’s gesture of cooperation with the world community to curb its suspected nuclear program.

But now, the tyrannical clerical regime of Iran has $150 billion in its pockets.

That is more or less how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran will gain once sanctions are lifted under the nuclear deal. The money comes from Iranian oil sales that have been piling up in international banks over the past few years. But there are questions about what Iran will do with this windfall.

“We have no ability to constrain Iran if they want to spend all $100 billion on funding Hezbollah or other terrorist organizations,” Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has warned. “But when you’re getting a $100 billion-plus cash windfall, even if you’re spending 5 to 10 percent of that only on the regional activities and your support for terrorism, that’s an extra $5 to $10 billion dollars-plus.”

China is another country with great interest in seeing the removal of economic sanctions, and Iran’s economy becoming open.

Tahmaseb Mazaehri, the former Governor of Iran’s Central Bank, has described the country’s frozen monies for the sale of oil to China as “imprisoned”- and says the Chinese are only willing to return them in exchange for Iran buying their own products.

Mousa Servati, the head of the Budget and Economic Planning of Iran’s Majles (parliament) has now confirmed that billions of dollars released as a result of the nuclear deal will either end up in the pockets of the military, energy oligarchs of Russia and China, or to Hezbollah, by announcing that “almost the entire amount of all Iran’s frozen assets and funds due to the sanctions have already been spent by the government towards its international obligations.”

It’s not hard to see why some countries support the Iran nuclear deal.

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  • Mickey Oberman

    Iran now has the opportunity to do whatever it wishes without constraint or hesitation.

    Iran is the primary winner.
    The free world is the loser.

    China and Russia, without lifting a finger, are the happy gleaners.

  • I will admit to being almost ignorant regarding this subject,only getting information from the TV news programs. I seek help in getting a clearer understanding of it. I have just read the letter from the senior jewish leaders on this site,which only leaves me more confused. Is it good,or is it bad,for the U.S. I had concluded that it was bad,but now I am left wondering. I just want to be informed about issues so I will know who to believe and how to pray. I will appreciate any help on this matter. My thanks to all. Ms J.Worrell

  • Avi

    With Europe’s borders over run, Europe will be increasingly Muslim and Anti Semitic. Iran, fueled by POTUS’s agreement with the devil and $150 Bil to purchase Russian air defense systems, Chinese Lavi based jet fighters, and fund Hezbollah, is definitively a real threat. Syrian troops are commanded by IRGC commanders and Russian troops are in Damascus. 6 MIG 31’s and 1000 Kornet rockets have already been delivered. But we must not forget: It was the Jewish kapos, the Jewish police, who knocked door to door and rounded up Jews for the Nazis. Russia, Iran, Obama, it all does not bother me. Freedom is not the answer. Independence is not the answer. The Israelis have it right. Achdut, Jewish unity, is the answer. So. I have learned Hebrew the last few years. I have learned the Hebrew prayers. I pray in Hebrew. Alot. It makes me smarter, sharper, gives me a unique perspective on the world. I teach. Every person i touch understands deeper, sees the world clearer, loves his fellow man more. All these problems are not new. We have dealt with them before. Love and support for our people – all of our people – no matter what stripe of the zebra they are in their Judaism is the answer. Blessed are YOU, Lord our G-d, who loves his people Israel.

  • Jonah

    Obama is the number one threat to America. Russia and China are manageable. Obama does not care who trades with Iran as long as Iran has its finger on the trigger…..of a nuclear gun and is holding it to Israels head. Russia and China are opportunists their main objective is not to eradicate Israel….it is to make money, whereas on the other hand Obama is of that religious persuasion that will not set still until Jerusalem is eradicated, erased from the annuals of history. Kerry is a minion to see that his will is carried out. Kerry is an Obama clone. Their relationship is so close it could easily be compared to the anti-christ and the false prophet . What’s making them both nervous?,,,,,the last Trump!

    • Let me make some correction to your comment, and add some details. First of all, Russia and China are very different. China indeed cares for money, Russia doesn’t, better it is not its main goal, regarding to Iran. Of course $150 B is a good thing (part of them will come to Putin’s pockets.) Putin’s aim now is to teach and direct Iran against the USA and of course, against Israel. Putin dream is to reign in the Orient through Iran (Russia is going to make a strategic plan with Iran and Assad to start a new big devastating war against NATO and the USA; even before Iran makes its first atomic bomb. Russia violates all agreements and will of course violate the Iran Deal. Russia blasts a huge dense lie to the world. All the years after the 1917 revolution, the USSR then Russia have been learning how to lie that it looked more truthful than the truth itself. Russia is NOT manageable at all. Believe me, I am from the former USSR. Russia’s next aim to make its way (through Syrian war) to Mediterranean and then to Europe. It probably somehow join with ISIS: Al-Baghdadi is Putin’s man. Russia is the most evil in the world, And Kerry is the worst politician in our Government

  • Theodore Crawford

    It would seem that the POTUS is also on Iran’s side of the table. That leaves basically nobody on the “other” side. The Iran Nuclear Deal negotiations were just a puppet show all along!

  • Finally, somebody understand what Russia has been, and I had written about it since march the outstanding visit of Mr. Netanyahu to the USA. I wrote to many Senators and to many Internet sources, but my voice wasn’t head. I wrote about Iran that it is a nothing without a Russian huge help, but our anti-politician John Kerry, the worst member of the American Government ruled out in favor of Russia. Kerry should be fired, he still write that “Russia is no more threat”, misleading the Government and the American people, but he even cannot tell between Dagestan and Chechnya, speaking at Tsarnaev’s case. Russia is always threat: and especially to the USA (through Iran, and other Middle East- and probably South American countries. Always,-until it exists. Open your eyes, Europe and America and see it.

    • Abacs

      Absolutely right.

  • Paul Cerar

    The pharmacies selling anti-radiation pills will also be winners!

    Paul Cerar
    Toronto, Canada

  • Michael Mayben

    This article further confirms why the Iran Deal is bad for America. Make this article a “must read” to better understand why.

  • John Train

    The author is 100% correct. This is where the argument should be directed: TO TRULY EVALUATE THE JCPOA –FOCUS ON IT’S DANGERS TO THE UNITED STATES (and read the conditional small print reservations of it’s strongest “supporters”….SUPPORT ONLY,IF the United States resists its natural inclination to try to use the JCPOA as yet another excuse to walk away.” )


    THE STAGE IS ALMOST SET FOR EZEKIEL CH.38/39!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!