Russian Prime Minister and possible 2012 Presidential contender, Vladimir Putin, said on Thursday that the government has no evidence of Iran trying to build a nuclear weapon.
The United States and majority of the international community charge that the Iranian government is enriching uranium to build a nuclear weapon but former President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, said on Thursday not so fast.
According to Reuters, when asked if Russia would support international sanctions against Iran, Putin declined to answer but did say that his government has no evidence of Iran making an atomic bomb, “We have no information that Iran is working on the creation of a nuclear weapon.”
For majority of the time, Russia has opposed international sanctions against Iran but President Dmitry Medvedev would back measures if Iran relieves western concerns about its nuclear program. Russia also joined the International Atomic Energy Agency last week by voting in favor of the organization’s resolution to demand the end of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions. China also backed the resolution.
Washington TV reports Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad telling Russia they “made a big mistake” supporting the resolution.
Speaker of the Iranian Parliament, Ali Larijani, told reporters, notes World Bulletin, “Iran had proper cooperation with the agency's board of governors, but the recent resolution calls for careful studies on the vote in parliament's national security committee.” Larijani concluded that Iran will evaluate their relationship with the member nations who voted for the resolution.