Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful

We have been led to believe that the oil rich Iran led by Ahmadinejad is merely following a civilian nuclear strategy, but Michael Goldfarb of the Weekly Standard has found proof of what we already knew to be the truth in the matter:

Iran’s envoy to the UN atomic watchdog caused a buzz among journalists on Wednesday when he apparently misspoke and said his country had the right to a nuclear weapon.

After saying as usual that Iran was only pursuing nuclear energy for civilian purposes, Ali Asghar Soltanieh strayed alarmingly from the Islamic republic’s usual line.

“The whole Iranian nation are united… on (the) inalienable right of (having a) nuclear weapon,” the envoy to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency said.

“Apparently misspoke” or made a Freudian slip? What he clearly meant to say was, “nuclear technology”.

Because the whole Iranian nation is not united on the right to a nuclear weapon. At least not according to this Bloomberg report:

The election turmoil is pitting the Islamic republic’s ruling clergy against young Iranians and more educated voters who want social freedom and better ties with the West.

Ahmadinejad’s opponents accuse the 52-year-old of wrecking the economy, which suffers from 10.5 percent unemployment and almost 24 percent inflation, and driving Iran into international isolation over the country’s nuclear program.

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Mohammed ElBaradei, told the BBC for the first time yesterday he believed Iran wanted the option of an atomic bomb.

Mousavi, while backing Iran’s “right” to nuclear technology, has said the president brought shame on the country with a management style “based on adventurism, instability, unlawfulness and radicalism.” Ahmadinejad has called the Holocaust a “myth,” while Mousavi has condemned violence against Jews.

I don’t think all Iranians consider a  right to nuclear technology the same thing as “an inalienable right to a nuclear weapon”, especially considering the desire of so many for “better ties with the West”.

But we do know beyond a shadow of a doubt what Iran’s current leadership thinks about it.

3 thoughts on “Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful

  1. The best possible outcome of all of this is if the mullahs are taken down along with Ahmadinejad and Mousavi. They are all thugs. Imagine how much better that region would be if they stopped funding hezbollah, hamas and the myriad freelancers in Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, etc.

    It would also be a serious blow to Russia which is never a bad thing.

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  2. Oh a slip of the tongue is PROOF! FInally, after 6 years of intensive inspections that have turned up didley squat, we have PROOF in the form of a verbal slip. Case Closed!

    Sheesh.

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  3. Here is some data from just part of 2007:

    23 May 2007 — The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says in a new report, issued to coincide with the expiration of a Security Council deadline for Tehran, that Iran continues to defy UN Security Council demands to halt uranium enrichment and has in fact expanded such work. The IAEA adds that the UN nuclear agency’s ability to monitor nuclear activities in Iran has declined due to lack of access to sites. IAEA Director-General Muhammad el-Baradei urges constructive efforts on both sides and estimates that Iran could build a nuclear weapon within “three to eight years” — if it chose that path.

    17 May 2007 — U.S. President George W. Bush says alongside outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair that the United States and Britain will seek new UN sanctions against Iran if it continues to resist calls for it to halt sensitive areas of its nuclear program. Bush is speaking the same day that a senior Iranian official says Tehran has expanded work on its nuclear facility at Natanz.

    2 May 2007 — A foreign affairs adviser to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tells a conservative daily that Iran is capable of the “mass production” of centrifuges used for enriching uranium.

    28 April 2007 — EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana calls on the United States to open a direct “channel of communication” with Iran on all topics, adding that it remains unclear “how far the U.S. is willing to engage” with Iran.

    25-26 April 2007 — EU foreign policy official Solana and Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani restart talks aimed at finding a nuclear compromise.

    April 19, 2007 — An IAEA official says in a leaked letter that Iran has assembled roughly 1,300 centrifuges into eight cascades and begun making nuclear fuel in its underground uranium-enrichment plant at Natanz. The Iranian ambassador to the IAEA says that “our enrichment is continuing under the safeguards of the IAEA, the inspectors and cameras are controlling all activities, and the report of how many centrifuge machines and the latest status of the activities in Natanz will be reported by the director-general.”

    11 April 2007 — A spokeswoman for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) predicts that Iran will have the capacity to build its own nuclear bomb in four to six years, leaving time for diplomatic efforts to counter any potential danger.

    10 April 2007 — Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki says Iran will not accept any suspension of its uranium-enrichment activities and urges world powers to accept the “new reality” of the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.

    9 April 2007 — Iran says the country’s uranium-enrichment program is ready to operate on an “industrial level.”

    More at link:

    http://www.rferl.org/content/article/1060639.html

    Wtf are you talking about?

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