Russia promises not to deliver air defense system to Iran
In the last three weeks, Russian military leaders and diplomats have asserted both that they can complete the sale of the S-300, but that they will not complete the sale for now, as it would violate the spirit of the new U.N. sanctions.
The air defense system has been in development for a decade by the Russians.
On the other hand, if the air defense system failed to repel an air strike, the next-generation Russian system would be exposed as ineffective against the West’s best aircraft.
During the hearing, Mr. Burns also warned that Iranian proliferation could spark a regional arms race.
“The dangers of stimulating a regional nuclear arms race is quite serious and it is one of the concerns that animates our efforts to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons,” he said.
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