Russia, Iran, and Nuclear Weapons: Implications of the Proposed U.S.-Russia Agreement, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, June 12, 2008 [open pdf - 545KB]
From the opening statement of Howard L. Berman: "We are here this morning to begin to assess the proposed agreement between the United States and Russian Governments to expand civil nuclear cooperation. One key factor we will take into account, during this process, is the extent to which Russia is cooperating with the United States, the European Union, and others to discourage Iran's development of a nuclear weapons capability. One of the greatest potential threats to the security of the United States and its allies is an Iranian bomb. We have all heard the crude threats that President Ahmadinejad makes against Israel, which he repeated as recently as last week. But Israel is not the only state feeling the heat from Tehran's radioactive rhetoric. Other states in the Middle East are now, suddenly, interested in developing their own nuclear energy programs, emulating Iran. I do not believe this is a pure coincidence. As we know all too well, allegedly peaceful nuclear power programs can be used as a cover for the clandestine development of nuclear weapons. Not only would a nuclear-armed Tehran have the ability to intimidate other states in ways that could cripple U.S. national interests in the region and beyond--it would also effectively end the global nonproliferation regime." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward J. Markey, John C. Rood, Rober J. Einhorn, Henry D. Sokolski, and Donald A. Manzullo.
Serial No. 110-194
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