US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today accused Iran of “lying” about the goal of the country’s nuclear program. The comments were State Department’s harshest on the subject.
“There is an Iranian history of obfuscation and, indeed, lying to the IAEA,” Dr. Rice said.
The US is trying to win Russian support for new UN sanctions against Iran. Russian president Putin has in recent days expressed doubts if Iran is actually pursuing a nuclear weapon program. Putin will visit Tehran next week to attend a summit of the heads of states of the Caspian region.
Dr. Rice’s comments and her harsh tone come at a critical time for Iran’s nuclear program.