MOSCOW, Feb. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- A senior US official
said that Washington is certain that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program,
Russia's daily newspaper Vremya Novostei reported on Monday.
US Undersecretary of State John Bolton was quoted as saying in an interview with the paper that Tehran is pursuing
a secret program, of which the International Atomic Energy Agency has never been
He said that there is enough evidence that Iran has
the technical potential for creating nuclear weapons and urged Russia not to
supply nuclear fuel to Iran as long as the problem persists.
Washington has accused Iran of using its Bushehr
nuclear power plant, which is under construction with assistance from Russia,
asa cover to develop nuclear weapons and urged Russia to freeze the project.
Despite the criticism from the United States, Russia
has vowed to continue to fulfill the contract with Iran. However, it has said it
would not ship any fuel for the Bushehr power plant until Iran signs a deal
promising the return of spent fuel.
Russia has also urged Iran to sign the additional
protocol to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which Iran fulfilled last
December to meet the international community's expectations.
Bolton urged Russia to make sure that Iran is not
seeking to acquire nuclear weapons before launching a nuclear reactor in
He asked Russia to take its time while the US is
trying to discover Iran's true intentions.
Bolton also talked about the search of weapons of
mass destruction in Iraq, claiming that Saddam Hussein's regime could have moved
them to Iraq's neighboring countries, including Syria. He noted that US
intelligence services had been informed about such information.
The United States has made an official inquiry to the
Syrian authorities, but has not received clear information on this account, he