"US business interests have warned the White House not to go too far."
Also see: U.S. Kills Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
"Bush freezes nuclear pact with Russia; Punitive action also seen as a way to preserve deal" by Sue Pleming, Reuters | September 9, 2008
WASHINGTON - President Bush froze a lucrative civilian nuclear pact with Russia yesterday, the first big penalty imposed on Moscow after its war with Georgia but one that can be reversed.
The administration wanted to ensure that the accord did not go to a vote in Congress, where it could have been rejected.
Anybody smelling a DICTATORSHIP?
The deal was aimed at lifting Cold War limits on trade and opening the US civilian nuclear market and Russia's uranium fields to companies from both countries. Washington was very aware it should not take actions that would jeopardize long-term relations with Moscow.
Then WTF was with the GEORGIAN INVASION of South Ossetia?
In addition, US business interests have warned the White House not to go too far.