Iran nuclear negotiator calls for atomic arms ban
Associated Press
21-Dec-2009 (one comment)

TOKYO — Iran's chief nuclear negotiator called for a global nuclear weapons ban on Monday but insisted all nations — including his own — have the right to develop nuclear energy.

Visiting Tokyo to meet with senior Japanese officials, Saeed Jalili said his country's nuclear program is for civilian purposes, although the U.S. and other nations fear its goal is to produce weapons.

"The crime that was committed in Hiroshima must never be repeated," Jalili told reporters at the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, referring to the United States' dropping of an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, at the end of World War II.

"All the efforts of the world should be directed toward the eradication of these weapons," he said.

The administration of President Barack Obama — who has also called for a world free of nuclear weapons — has given a rough deadline of year-end for Iran to respond to an offer of engagement and show that it would allay world concerns about its nuclear program.

At the same time that it is trying to engage with Iran, the Obama administration has also been building momentum toward imposing more sanctions after the revelation in September that Iran was secretly building a second uranium-enrichment facility near the holy city of Qom.

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Majid Zahrai

Part of Mahmoud's "world management" idea

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Go for it!  Submit your plan!  In the meantime, prepare to face continued threats and sanctions.  Islamic Republic of Iran is in the hands of idiots who keep jeopardizing Iranian people's lives.  Taking nukes away from everyone is a great idea and it should be pursued.  But what about the situation Iran is in right now vis a vis IAEA?  And is IRI really in the best position to spearhead such a campaign?  Hardly.  But this is another indication of unwise an ideologically-driven leaders at the helm of Iran.