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U.S. Ambassador to U.N. Urges Iran Nuclear Talks, Action on Sudan

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton discusses the controversial statements made at this week's meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, Iran's nuclear ambitions and the crisis in Darfur.

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  • MARGARET WARNER:

    Ambassador Bolton, welcome. Thanks for joining us.

    JOHN BOLTON, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations: Glad to be here.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    The Iranian president, Ahmadinejad, said today at the U.N. that Iran was — he said, "We are not seeking a nuclear bomb. We do not need a bomb." Do you believe him?

  • JOHN BOLTON:

    I don't think that that's a credible statement. We've believed for 20 years that Iran has been seeking to acquire nuclear weapons capability. There's no other explanation for all of the activity they have under way across the entire nuclear fuel cycle.

    This isn't the first time that they've denied they're seeking nuclear weapons, and it's not the first time they've been dissembling.

  • MARGARET WARNER:

    And does the United States have good intelligence, hard intelligence that what you're saying is the case, that they are pursuing nuclear weapons capability?

  • JOHN BOLTON:

    Well, we certainly have a lot of information, but I want to stress that the information that has been made public by the International Atomic Energy Agency over the years shows the full extent of what the IAEA knows about Iran's activities. And that information alone is inexplicable, unless Iran is seeking a nuclear weapon.

    Not only that, but we also know and is public about their ballistic missile program demonstrates that they're pursuing a capability to deliver the nuclear weapons once they create them.

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