US accuses Iran of hiding n-ambitions
US accuses Iran of continuing to hide nuclear ambitions and of not having made a strategic decision to renounce nuclear ambitions.india Updated: Feb 17, 2004 16:10 IST
The United Statesagain accused Iran of continuing to hide its nuclear activities from the international community and of not having made a strategic decision to renounce nuclear ambitions.
"We do not believe that Iran has made the strategic decision to abandon its efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capability," said State Department spokesman Richard Boucher.
Boucher added that "we do not believe that Iran has been fully transparent in its October declaration to the IAEA," the International Atomic Energy Agency, on its nuclear activities.
"Iran has continued to hide information from the IAEA related to its ongoing efforts to develop a nuclear weapons capability," Boucher charged, also citing its alleged "failure to suspend all enrichment related and reprocessing activities."
Boucher did not say whether Washington planned to take the case to the UN Security Council to seek possible sanctions.
Referring to a pending report from the IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei on the subject and a meeting of the agency's directors, Boucher said "we are looking forward to the next report from the director general of the AIEA. That report is expected soon."
And "the board will meet again on March 8 to 10 and at that time the board can judge whether at that moment iran is meeting its pledges."
Iranian Foreign Minister Kamal Kharazi said in Rome that his country had no plans for the development of nuclear weapons, and reaffirmed its willingness to cooperate with the IAEA.
First Published: Feb 17, 2004 00:00 IST