Russian Senator Suspects Iran of Developing Nuclear Weapons After Trip

A Russian senator’s recent trip to Iran indicated the country’s nuclear program could turn to weapons development, according to the Associated Press news agency.

Mikhail Margelov, who held talks with Iranian officials including the foreign minister last week, said he asked “direct questions on the nature of the country’s military program.”

“I did not get any answers to direct questions,” Margelov, the head of the foreign affairs committee of the Russian parliament’s upper house, was quoted as saying.

“I only had the impression they were evading answering questions. It looked as if the Iranians were…giving an understanding that they do not exclude any possible variant for the development of their country’s nuclear program.”

Iran has ignored a U.N. deadline to halt the enrichment of uranium, which the U.S. says is part of a secret effort to build nuclear weapons.

In December, Russia supported a U.N. Security Council resolution that imposed limited sanctions against Iran over its refusal to halt enrichment, but only after the council dropped an initial proposal to impose curbs on a nuclear power plant Russia is building in Iran.