Medvedev: CIA Iran report 'worrying'

Russian president slams Teheran's lack of transparency on nuke issue.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS, JPOST.COM STAFF
June 28, 2010 05:11
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev (AP)

MEDVEDEV 311. (photo credit: AP)

 
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday called a CIA report that Iran had sufficient uranium to build two bombs "worrying," AFP reported.

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"This information has to be checked, but such information is always worrying - and all the more so because the international community does not recognize the Iranian nuclear program as transparent," Medvedev was quoted as saying at the G8 summit.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said Sunday that Iran probably has enough low-enriched uranium for two nuclear weapons, but that it likely would take two years to build the bombs.

Panetta told ABC television’s This Week that he is doubtful that recent UN penalties will put an end to Iran’s nuclear ambitions.

He said the penalties could help to weaken Teheran’s government by creating serious economic problems. But he added, “Will it deter them from their ambitions with regards to nuclear capability? Probably not.”

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