The head of the International Affairs Committee of the Russian Duma
today told the news agency Interfax
may be capable of testing an atomic bomb within five years (Interfax
, 29 June 2007). The announcement by the senior Russian parliamentarian Mikhail Margelov
surprised political analysts. Margelov had returned from a visit to Tehran
Margelov said the tone of Iranian officials he had met convinced him that Iran was “a country that has a maximum of five years left before it tests its own nuclear bomb.” He added that the bellicose tone in Iran's dialog with international organizations only strengthens his suspicion. Margelov is the highest ranking Russian official accusing Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Russia has always insisted that the Iranian nuclear program was for peaceful purposes.
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