Russia: Iran close to nuke capability

July 12, 2010 15:52

Medvedev statement comes after Teheran-Moscow spat on UN sanctions.

Dmitry Medvedev

Medvedev angry 311 . (photo credit:Associated Press)

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said Monday that Iran  was approaching the point at which it would be able to make nuclear weapons, Reuters reported.

During a meeting of international ambassadors in Moscow, Medvedev said "Iran is moving closer to possessing the potential which in principle could be used for the creation of nuclear weapons."

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The statement was a rare public admission by the Kremlin that Iran may have the intention of building a nuclear weapon. Reuters said the statement came after an argument with Iran over Russia's support of sanctions against Iran.

Though the US and the EU suspect Iran is attempting to build nuclear weapons, Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful.

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