U.S. may use Georgian air bases to strike at Iran
Russia Today, September 17, 2008, 23:05
The U.S. military could have plans to use
Georgian air bases to launch air strikes against Iran, according to
Russia’s envoy to NATO Dmitry Rogozin. He pointed out that Georgia would
be the perfect base for a potential U.S. operation in Iran.
Speaking in Brussels, Dmitry Rogozin said:
"What NATO is doing now in Georgia is restoring its ability to monitor
its airspace, in other words restoring the whole locator system and an
anti-missile defence system which were destroyed by Russian artillery.
Now these systems are being restored as soon as possible. We have
unconfirmed information that American ships under cover of himanitarian
aid have delivered all the equipment necessary for the restoration
of these systems.
He noted that there it is impossible that these preparations are
designed for Georgia's protection against Russia, since the war in the
Caucasus is over and all the security measures in South Ossetia and
Abkhazia are being pursued.
"It's done for logistic support of some air
operations either of the Alliance as a whole or of the United States in
particular in this region. The swift reconstruction of the airfields and
all the systems proves that some air operation is being planned against
another country which is located not far from Georgia. What country
could it be? Which country is in the spotlight now? Of course it's Iran,
there are no other countries," the envoy said.
Rogozin also added that if a U.S. military operation against Iran goes
ahead, he would have “pity for Georgia, because Iran is certain to
Rogozin called for the U.S. to support Russia's effort to engage Iran in
international dialogue. According to him, threatening and pressuring
Iran only "gives Teheran more arguments in favour of building some sort
of weapons of mass destruction".
Iran has been in a state of diplomatic conflict with leading world
powers over its nuclear programme. The state government argues that it
needs enriched uranium for the peaceful generation of electricity.
However, Western analysts argue that the program is geared toward weapon
The US hasn’t denied that a military option exists to deal with the
Iranian issue. This has spawned numerous theories on how and when the US
could attack Iran. To read RT’s report on the issue
follow the link.
Nevertheless, David Wurmser, a former key national security adviser to
UN Vice President Dick Cheney, has said that President Bush is highly
unlikely to take any military action against Iran before he leaves
"Two things have to be in place for there to be an attack - and that
time has run out, and that diplomacy has run out,” Wursner said in
Brussels after a day-long meeting on nuclear nonproliferation. “The
feeling to a large extent now is that diplomacy is working, that there
is a trend in the regime toward moderation, that pressure is building on
The Islamic Republic is currently under three sets of relatively minor
UN sanctions. However, the government denies a possibility of folding
its nuclear programme.
Iran’s nuclear programme
The Iranian government insists that it is functioning fully in
accordance with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Treaty’s
terms state that a country is allowed to enrich its own fuel to a level
suitable for civil nuclear power. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
has repeatedly stressed that the country will not break its NTP
obligations. He argues that international pressures on the country
amount to bullying.
The UN’s Security Council is concerned that the same technology used to
enrich uranium for peaceful purposes can be used to produce nuclear
warheads. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has pointed out
that there are two outstanding issues with Iran’s nuclear porgramme.
Primarily, Iran has not explicitly clarified its position in relation to
studies into nuclear armament. Moreover, it has not allowed extra
inspections into all of the enrichment facilities. Nevertheless, there
have been no confirmed reports of Iran enriching weapons-grade uranium.
U.S. intelligence reports have stated that the possibility of Iran
reaching a sufficient level of technology to make a nuclear weapon even
by late 2009 is “highly unlikely”.
Ahmadinejad has called the UN’s demand to inspect all of the country’s
enrichment facilities “illegitimate”. Time and time again Iran announced
that it would not yield to international pressures and its peaceful
programme of uranium enrichment would remain unchanged.
Even long-range ballistic misslies have a reach of roughly 5500
The U.S. is separated from Teheran by over 6000 kilometres, making it
virtually unreachable for any potential Iranian nuclear weapons.
Georgia, on the other hand, is only about 1000 kilometres away.
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