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article imageIn the wake of biting sanctions, Iran looks to Russia for help

By Michael Krebs     Jan 21, 2013 in World
In the wake of new sanctions imposed by the US-led Western coalition, Iranian leaders expect Russia to play a larger role in upcoming nuclear talks.
Iran's nuclear pursuits have brought the Islamic republic considerable attention from Israel and from Western nations that are determined to disallow Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
To this end, the American-led coalition against Iran have been ratcheting up the economic sanctions placed on Iran and Iranian interests. The White House recently claimed that the sanctions are having a "profound impact" on Iran, as Israel National News reported late last week.
"Iran is paying a high price for its refusal to abide by its obligations under United Nations Security Council Resolutions, and will continue to pay a high price," said White House spokesman Jay Carney.
The West believes that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons, a claim that Iran has been denying for years.
The deteriorating economic situation in Iran has created a volatile situation among the Iranian leadership. Haji Sadeqi, a leading deputy of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps spoke out against the West.
"By imposing sanctions against Iran, the enemy has committed a suicide and now it is paying the price of boycotting Iran," Haji Sadeqi said on Sunday, according to Iran's Fars News Agency.
With the impact of these crippling sanctions being broadly felt across Iran, it is now believed by the Iranian leadership that Russia will play a vital role in the negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.
“We expect that the country of Russia take more effective measures in this regard,” Iranian Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar said on Monday, as Tehran Times reported.
New talks are expected to be held in late January.
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