Russia and Iran agree nuclear power station timetable - Yahoo! News Russia and Iran agree nuclear power station timetable MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia and Iran have settled all differences over the construction of the Bushehr nuclear power station and agreed on a time-table for its completion, the Russian contractor building the station said on Thursday. "We have resolved all the problems with the Iranians," said Sergei Shmatko, president of Atomstroiexport. "We have agreed with our Iranian colleagues a timeframe for completing the plant and we will make an announcement at the end of December." Russia's role in building the Bushehr plant on the Gulf is at the centre of a diplomatic dispute. Western powers, which suspect Iran wants to develop a nuclear weapon, have pressed Moscow to drop the project. Tehran says its nuclear program is exclusively intended to generate electricity and Moscow has dismissed concerns the Bushehr project would hand Iran sensitive technology that could help in a bomb-making program. Russia had earlier suspended construction at Bushehr, saying Iran had failed to make payments for the work. Some observers say Moscow has been wary of the diplomatic outcry that could result when it delivers nuclear fuel to Bushehr. Shmatko said the delivery of fuel -- after which the plant can begin operating within six months -- would go ahead, though he did not reveal details of the timetable. "We absolutely, definitely intend to build the Bushehr atomic power station and intend definitely to deliver the fuel to the plant," said Shmatko. *** For an assessment of why this means war read this: Captain's Quarters Now my own assessment. Basically Israel is terrified that Iran will get nuclear bombs and either use them itself or give them to Hamas or Hezbollah. Israel is small enough and has enough enemies that if it is hit with a nuke, the country is dead. If a single medium size nuke goes off within Israel, a large part of its population, infrastructure and military will be wiped out. Israel also has enough enemies, either actual countries or large terrorist organizations that they would be attacked almost immediately if a nuke knocked it on its ass. Throughout most of its history Israel has approved of preemptive strikes. When it hasn't it has almost always led to bad things happening to Israel. If they wait until the Russians have delivered the nuclear fuel to attack they will spread radioactive waste throughout Iran and into neighbouring countries. Unless it is in an actual state of war that would turn every ally Israel has against it. If they wait and hope Iran doesn't build nuclear weapons they could suddenly find mushroom clouds over Tel Aviv. So a lot of Israelis will probably consider a preemptive strike and damn the consequences the only real option. Whether the government agrees is another matter. Looking at recent history makes a preemptive strike seem more likely. Israel took out Iraq's nuclear capabilities in Osirak in 1981. Two months ago it destroyed Syria's attempt at nuclear technology (debatable but a lot of evidence points in that direction). A lot of Israeli politicians and military are probably willing to risk a war to keep Iran from getting nukes. Before this deal was signed, Israel was willing to wait and see. Now its come down to basically now or never. Whoever is living in the Middle East right now, good luck.