DEFUSING A FUTURE CRISIS: US Policy to Stop Russian Nuclear Proliferation to Iran And Syria
Recorded on February 26, 2003
The Heritage Foundation's Van Andel Center
As Iran and Syria actively pursue their nuclear weapons
programs, the U.S. and Russia must work together to terminate
further export of Russian nuclear technology to these rogue states.
Both countries are state sponsors of terrorism, which would pose an
even greater threat if armed with nuclear weapons. While President
Putin is a strategic partner of the U.S. in the war on terrorism,
the Russian nuclear energy ministry (MINATOM) continues to export
nuclear dual-use technology. Action must be taken to avoid
destabilization of the US-Russian relations, to prevent
militarization of the Iranian nuclear program, and prevent the
potential sale of a nuclear reactor to Syria.