posted on Apr, 15 2006 @ 09:00 AM
It goes to show that most of what you read about what goes on in the world is contrived... i think they start these conflicts just to stir people
Iran incapable of nuke, Russian military chief says
April 15, 2006 - 7:18PM
Iran is incapable of producing a nuclear weapon now or in the distant future, Russia's highest-ranking military officer said on Saturday, Russian
news agencies reported.
"I can confidently say that what Iran is doing today does not allow it the possibility, either in the near or distant future, to make a nuclear
weapon," chief of staff General Yury Baluyevsky was quoted as saying by Interfax and Itar-Tass.
Baluyevsky characterised Iran's military capability as being aimed only "at preventing military action" against the country, Itar-Tass reported.
However, he did not rule out that materials used in the Islamic republic's controversial civilian nuclear program "could be used also in the
creation of a nuclear weapon".
Russia is Iran's main supplier of civilian nuclear technology and also an important source of conventional weapons.
The United States and European Union say they suspect Iran is secretly trying to build a nuclear weapon under cover of a civilian power project,
something Tehran denies.
Tension increased last Tuesday when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced the Islamic republic had successfully enriched uranium for use as
nuclear fuel, sparking international condemnations.
Moscow insists the country has a right to nuclear power and has pushed hard for a diplomatic solution to the international standoff.
Deputy foreign ministers from Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany plan talks on the Iranian issue in Moscow next Tuesday.