Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Iranian Envoy Admits Bomb Is The Goal

But he does overstate his case just a little bit:
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.
Soltanieh apparently was mistaken about the will of the Iranian and about what they are united on. The main thing that is uniting Iranians these days is to put people like Soltanieh out of a job. During a phone interview on CNN's "American Morning," an Iranian student protester made it clear that Soltanieh did not speak for him and for many others:
Mohammad: Americans, European Union, international community, this government is not definitely — is definitely not elected by the majority of Iranians. So it’s illegal. Do not recognize it. Stop trading with them. Impose much more sanctions against them. My message…to the international community, especially I’m addressing President Obama directly – how can a government that doesn’t recognize its people’s rights and represses them brutally and mercilessly have nuclear activities? This government is a huge threat to global peace. Will a wise man give a sharp dagger to an insane person? We need your help international community. Don’t leave us alone.
What remains now is to see what that international community is willing to do.

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