Thursday, September 17, 2009

IAEA: Iran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb

From the AP:
Experts at the world's top atomic watchdog are in agreement that Tehran has the ability to make a nuclear bomb and is on the way to developing a missile system able to carry an atomic warhead, according to a secret report seen by The Associated Press...

The document says Iran has "sufficient information" to build a bomb. It says Iran is likely to "overcome problems" on developing a delivery system.
Meanwhile, Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov says Moscow firmly opposes any new sanctions against Iran:
Sergey Lavrov says new tougher sanctions would ruin hopes for solving the Iranian nuclear program through talks.

Lavrov's statement Thursday came shortly before President Barack Obama announced shelving a plan for a missile defense shield in Eastern Europe. Russia has strongly opposed the plan.

Obama's move comes as Washington badly needs Moscow's support to increase pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.

But Lavrov's comments signal that Moscow won't back tougher sanctions against Iran, whom the U.S. and other Western nations suspect of developing nuclear weapons.

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