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After the Iran Deal
Iranian Defense Minister Goes To Russia

The Iranians are sidling up to Mother Russia, as the AP reports:

Iran’s defense minister is visiting Moscow for talks about closer military cooperation.

Gen. Hossein Dehghan met Tuesday with President Vladimir Putin and also also with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Shoigu.

Shoigu hailed a “high level of mutual trust” between Moscow and Tehran and their readiness to coordinate policies.

Dehghan said in an interview with Russian state television that Tehran wants to expand military and technical ties with Russia.

We’ve written before about Iran’s deepening military ties with Russia, as well as the expansion of their ballistic missile program in defiance of some of the provisions of the nuclear deal. Russia already has a contract to deliver advanced long range surface-to-air missiles to Iran (the first shipment will arrive Thursday), and Tehran has expressed interest in other weapons systems including Su-30 fighter jets.

Needless to say, this is presumably not exactly how the White House thought things would play out after the nuclear deal was signed: from where we’re sitting, anyway, this is not the path Iran would be taking in order to become a responsible status quo stakeholder in the broader Middle East.

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  • Fat_Man

    The nightmare is that Obama seems to have created a situation where we can no longer attack Iran for fear of triggering an escalation with Russia. Iran has complete impunity unless they do something so bad that we would be willing to risk that escalation.

    The rational course of action would be to tell the Russians, that if Iran uses WMD, we will respond as if they had done it. The thought will never cross the mind of anyone in the White House or the State Department.

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