Topic: Iran's nuclear program
"If the information from the American secret services is confirmed it would make the situation more tense and I do not exclude that this issue would require extra consideration"© POOL
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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said he is worried with U.S. secret intelligence data that Iran has enough enriched uranium for construction of two nuclear bombs.
"As for this information, it needs to be verified but in any case such information always worries. Today the international society does not acknowledge the Iranian nuclear program as transparent. If the information from the American secret services is confirmed it would make the situation more tense and I do not exclude that this issue would require extra consideration," Medvedev said at a news conference after the G8 and G20 summits in Canada.
The UN Security Council approved on June 9 the fourth round of economic sanctions against Iran over its controversial nuclear activities, including tougher financial controls and an expanded arms embargo.
Following the resolution, the United States and the European Union also announced that they were imposing new sanctions on Iran.
Medvedev earlier criticized the decisions by saying unilateral sanctions may only aggravate the current situation and inflict damage upon the dialogue with Tehran.
Western powers suspect Iran of attempting to build nuclear weapons under the guise of peaceful energy generation. Tehran has strongly denied the allegations, saying it needs enriched uranium to produce medical isotopes.
Earlier this month, the Iranian parliament passed a bill directing the government to scale down its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) following the imposition of the sanctions.
Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi said on Wednesday that the country had produced 17 kilograms of 20%-enriched uranium and could produce as much as it needed.
Turkey and Brazil have brokered a deal in which Iran is to swap its uranium in Turkey for fuel to use in a Tehran research reactor.
TORONTO, June 28 (RIA Novosti)
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Iran has been a central Russian ally in the Middle East, despite considerable tensions between the two. But by renewing dialogue with the West, the new Iranian leadership has chosen another direction. The shifting terrain in the region creates new strategic, political and economic challenges for Russia.