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Russia Blocking Efforts to Curtail Iranian Threat
Russia is preventing the U.N. Security Council from taking meaningful steps to discourage Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons while helping Tehran develop its atomic program and further expand its advanced military capabilities. Moscow's reluctance to support sanctions aimed at restraining Iran's nuclear and ballistic missile programs comes as Iran continues to accelerate its nuclear activities in defiance of previous Security Council demands. The United States should make clear to Russia that it must cease its support for the Iranian nuclear program if Moscow hopes for better U.S.-Russia relations.