Cuba: 'We''ll Allow Weapons Inspections If You Will'

By Jim Burns | July 7, 2008 | 8:11 PM EDT

( - A top Cuban government official says Cuba will allow United Nations weapons inspectors to examine the country's biotechnology program, but only if the United States will open its doors to similar inspections.

According to a Radio Havana report, Cuban Parliament President Ricardo Alarcon on Monday categorically denied that his country is producing biological weapons.

Undersecretary of State John Bolton alleged that "Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort." During a speech in Washington last week, Bolton said Cuba may even be exporting its bio-weapons know-how to U.S. enemies.

Alarcon said Bolton should present proof of his accusations. But he also said such evidence will be hard to find because the allegations are completely false.

Over the weekend, Cuban leader Fidel Castro called Bolton's allegations "sinister lies."
He said in the 43 years since he has been in power, not one individual has taken part in a terrorist action against the United States that was organized in Cuba.

That's something U.S. officials cannot honestly say, according to Castro, who accuses the U.S. of waging a terrorist campaign against Cuba. Castro did not say what those terrorist actions were, but he is known to oppose the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba.

Secretary of State Colin Powell, while traveling to a NATO conference in Iceland Monda, told reporters that he stood by Bolton's comments.

Back in Washington, the State Department issued a statement saying, "Secretary Bolton's remarks reflect the consensus of what the (Bush) administration's experts believe about Cuba and its biological weapons capability."

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