Monday, 12 July 2010

Iran close to potentially creating nuclear weapons - Medvedev

Iran is about to acquire the capability to make nuclear weapons, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned on Monday at a meeting of Russian ambassadors.

He urged Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives to move away from "simplistic approaches" toward Iran's nuclear problem.

He reminded that having such potential is not prohibited by the non-proliferation treaty.

He reiterated Russia's positions that sanctions "are not producing the desired results" but admitted that Iran "is behaving in a far from the best manner."

"We are consistently urging Tehran to show essential openness and cooperation with the IAEA," Medvedev said.

“If diplomacy misses this chance, it will be a collective failure,” Medvedev said.

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