Moscow: Describing nuclear arms as "inhuman
weapons" of the past century, Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad on Sunday said his country will never seek atomic
arsenal which is a waste of money.
"Never, never. We do not want nuclear weapons. We do not
seek nuclear weapons. This is an inhuman weapon," Ahmadinejad
said in an interview to English language Russia Today channel.
Responding to a question whether Iran could acquire a
nuclear deterrent, at some point in the future, the Iranian
leader declared, "Because of our beliefs we are against that.
Firstly, our religion says it is prohibited. We are religious
people. Secondly, nuclear weapons have no capability today.
If any country tries to build a nuclear bomb, they in fact
waste their money and resources and they create great danger
In his interview on the eve of Moscow`s hectic diplomatic
efforts to broker a deal between Tehran and the West over
Iran`s suspected nuclear weapons programme, Ahmadinejad said
he was equally concerned about the nuclear programmes of many
"We don`t like it either that some countries have nuclear
weapons. If we are going to be against nuclear weapons we must
rise in opposition to current nuclear arsenals. There are now
a lot of atomic arsenals in Belgium, Italy, in Germany, Japan.
This places serious jeopardy against the international
community", he said.
According to local media reports Secretary of Russia`s
National Security Council Nikolai Patrushev is reaching Tehran
tomorrow on a two day visit for talks with Ahmadinejad, his
Iranian counterpart Said Jalili and Foreign Minister Ali Akbar
Patrushev`s Tehran visit is to be followed by Salehi`s
Moscow visit on August 16-17 for talks with Foreign Minister
"All nuclear activities in Iran are monitored by the
IAEA. There have been no documents against Iran from the
Agency. It`s just a claim by the US that we are after nuclear
weapon. But they have no evidence that Iran is diverting
resources for that purpose, " Ahmadinejad stressed.
He said despite having huge nuclear stockpiles America
could not win in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"Could the nuclear weapons help the Israelis to gain
victory in Lebanon and Gaza? Could nuclear weapons help the
former Soviet Union from collapse? Nuclear weapons are the
weapons of the previous century," the Iranian leader asked.
Ahmadinejad declared that Tehran pursues the policy with
the goal "Nuclear energy for all and Nuclear weapons for