Ahmadinejad: We need Nuclear Power because America has Nuclear Weapons…

From Al-Reuters 

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Thursday Iran could not abandon its nuclear programme while the United States was developing new atomic bombs every year, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

The Islamic republic says it wants nuclear technology only to cope with booming electricity demand. The EU and the United States suspect it of secretly trying to build nuclear weapons.

“How can the Iranian nation give up its obvious right to peaceful nuclear technology, when America and some other countries test new atomic bombs each year?” Ahmadinejad asked in a speech to a rally in the northwestern city of Namin.

Following the Cold War the U.S. nuclear program was heavily curtailed, halting its program of nuclear testing, ceasing in the production of new nuclear weapons, and reducing its stockpile by half by the mid-1990s. The last US Test was in 1992.  

It is interesting though that he justifies his pursuit of “Peaceful Nuclear technology” with our nuclear arsenal.  He is saying that he needs to have nuclear power to counter American Nuclear Weapons… Somehow I don’t see his logic here… Unless his Nuclear program is not as peaceful as he would like people to believe.

Tehran has vowed to expand its atomic fuel activities despite a U.N. Security Council resolution on July 31 demanding it halt nuclear work by August 31 or face the threat of sanctions.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, will report to the Council on August 31 to certify whether Iran has stopped atomic fuel activity or not.

“A lot of people are pessimistic. I think we will be moving toward sanctions,” said an European Union diplomat in Vienna.

Iran has denounced the July resolution, which demanded that it “suspend all enrichment-related and reprocessing activities, including research and development.”

The AP has a related Story;

U.S. Wants to Move Quickly on Iran Issue

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States intends to move very quickly in early September to impose U.N. sanctions on Iran for refusing to suspend its enrichment of uranium, a senior State Department official said Thursday.

Next week we will find out if the UNSC will put any teeth into that 14 – 1 Vote to demand Iran suspend its Uranium enrichment and nuclear weapons program. My guess is they will cave in and continue to do nothing.


  1. adi11235

    Nuclear weapons are pretty much the only deterrants to the mad neoconservatives these days. Check the case of Iraq vs. North Korea.

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