Hours after AP said that a secret IAEA report claims Iran is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday said his country has no need for nuclear weapons, but refrained from explicitly ruling out that Teheran would acquire such arms.
"Nuclear arms, we believe they belong to the past and the past generation," Ahmadinejad told NBC television.
"We do not see any need for such weapons," he said
The Iranian leader went on to stress that the Islamic republic has "always believed in talking, in negotiation."
However, when asked if he could issue a clearer statement ruling out Iran's obtaining nuclear weapons, Ahmadinejad replied: "You can take from that whatever you want Madam."