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» November 3, 2011

Russia, China May Blunt Western Pressure on Iran

Fredrik Dahl | Reuters

Medvedev and Ahmadinejad

Russian and Chinese reluctance may complicate any Western campaign to parlay a U.N. watchdog report this month into political momentum for tougher sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, diplomats and analysts say.

The report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), due next week, has exposed divisions among world powers on how to best handle the long-running row over Iranian nuclear activities the West fears are aimed at developing atom bombs.

The IAEA document is expected to bare detailed intelligence pointing to military dimensions to Iran's nuclear program but stop short of saying explicitly that Tehran is trying to build such weapons.    Full Article

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