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Sunday, November 12, 2006

Iran 'does not need nuclear arms'

The following is based on an article taken from the BBC website It rather speaks for itself and the comment by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad makes perfect sense. The comment that people who "want to solve everything through the use of force" I would suggest refers to the US and UK. Perhaps Israel too. I believe I am not being particularly careless in my thinking. Stand back a bit and think for yourself. This is a classic case of being led into wrong thinking because it’s what the majority (so it seems) are pontificating. Iran 'does not need nuclear arms'. But, bear in mind that the USA is rattling it’s sabres again and this is usually not an idle threat. So, Iran would be offered the right to defend itself in any way it sees fit since these ‘serious threats‘ are being made. I'm playing Devil's advocate here: it's not about being naïve, but exploring, questioning and challenging as opposed to pure acceptance of what I'm expected to believe. The news conference was the second of Ahmadinejad's presidency. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that his country does not need nuclear weapons. At a rare news conference in Tehran, Mr Ahmadinejad said they were needed only by people who "want to solve everything through the use of force". The president defended Tehran's recent move to restart nuclear research, which has sparked international condemnation. Iran says it has a right to peaceful nuclear technology and denies that it is covertly seeking to develop weapons. Of course, it has the potential to manufacture weapons grade plutonium. A nuclear power plant is the only place that such a product can be made. The US, UK, France and Germany are threatening to refer Iran to the United Nations Security Council, which could impose sanctions. But the president said a referral would not end its nuclear plans. The hypocrisy is still quite staggering even if it is typical, since it is precisely what all the peaceful, and reponsible, nations do. They just don't want the 'enemy' to arm themselves. Almost a paradox: denying your enemy a means to defend itself is the way of defeating that enemy. But it's a method of control: a combatant with his arms tied behind his back does not suggest balance. Or provide grounds for agreement. "If they want to destroy the Iranian nation's rights by that course, they will not succeed," he said. Tehran has said it will stop snap UN inspections of nuclear sites if its case is sent to the Council. The crisis intensified this week when Iran removed seals at three nuclear facilities, ending a two-year freeze. He criticised the "double standards" of Western countries which already had nuclear weapons, and attacked "arrogant rulers" for causing suffering. "Leaders who believe they can create peace for themselves by creating war for others are mistaken," he said. A few had a "medieval mindset" and sought to deprive Iran of valuable technology, without evidence of wrongdoing, he added. Mr Ahmadinejad sparked international outrage with his hardline stance towards Israel, following his election last June. He repeated both his attacks and calls for a referendum for Palestinians to choose their future political fate. "(Israelis) have no roots in Palestine and almost all are immigrants," he said. "Let the nation of Palestine decide among themselves." Western countries are now seeking to persuade other members of UN nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to agree to refer Iran to the Council. The Iranians crossed a line by reactivating nuclear facilities the UN had shut Albert Arnim, Dresden, Germany. European, Russian, Chinese and US officials are due to meet in London on Monday, when they are expected to set a date for the crucial IAEA meeting. On Friday, US President George W Bush and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed that the crisis should be resolved through peaceful means. Washington, Israel and many European powers distrust Iran, partly because it had kept its nuclear research secret for 18 years before it was revealed in 2002. Since last August, Iran has resumed all nuclear activity apart from enrichment, which can produce fuel for power stations or, under certain conditions, for bombs. Tehran has always said it has the right under the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty - which it has signed - to research nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. Sept 2002: Work begins on Iran's first reactor at Bushehr Dec 2002: Satellites reveal Arak and Natanz sites, triggering IAEA inspections Nov 2003: Iran suspends uranium enrichment and allows tougher inspections June 2004: IAEA rebukes Iran for not fully co-operating Nov 2004: Iran suspends enrichment under deal with EU Aug 2005: Iran rejects EU plan and re-opens Isfahan plant Jan 2006: Iran re-opens Natanz facility