Ahmadinejad: We Don’t Need Nukes

Iran’s President Ahmadinejad said that while Iran would never stop its nuclear program it won’t produce nuclear weapons – at least for now.

Avraham Zuroff ,

No Bombs-for now
No Bombs-for now
Israel news photo: file


Well, you can take from this whatever you want, madam.


Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said that while Iran would never stop its nuclear program it won’t produce nuclear weapons – at least for the meantime. In an interview with NBC-TV from his presidential compound on Thursday, Ahmadinejad said, “We don’t need nuclear weapons. We don’t see any need for such weapons.” He added, “And the conditions around the world are moving to favor our ideas.” Ahmadinejad said that Tehran won’t take any steps that might weaken its defenses against “the Zionists” and “the warheads which have been stockpiled in Britain, in the U.S., in a handful of other countries.”

NBC’s Ann Curry asked Iran’s president three times if there would be any scenarios in which Teheran would move to create a nuclear weapon.

At first, Ahmadinejad used his standard response that nuclear weapons are no longer useful. “If nuclear weapons were influential, they would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union — for that matter, the downfall of the Zionist regime. Our people have never had a need for nuclear weapons.”

“So, may I assume, then, your answer to that question is ‘no’?” Curry asked. 

The Iranian president replied, “We don’t need such — we don’t have a such a need, nuclear weapons. We don’t need nuclear weapons. Without such weapons, we are very much able to defend ourselves.”

For a third time, Ahmadinejad said, “We do not see any need for such weapons. And the conditions around the world are moving to favor our ideas.”

Noting that Ahmadinejad was side-stepping the question, Curry noted that “people will remark that you did not say no, as I’ve asked you three times the same question. You did not say no. Are you sure you want that to be your final answer, sir?” Ahmadinejad concluded, “Well, you can take from this whatever you want, madam.”

Iran has repeatedly stated that its uranium enrichment program would be used for only peaceful means – something that Israel and western countries doubt. Ahmadinejad’s statements of threatening to “wipe Israel off the map” aren’t understood by Israel as mere rhetoric.

A "secret annex" to a report by the international nuclear energy watchdog says Iran is currently able to build a nuclear bomb, according to the Associated Press. Meanwhile, Russia and America spar over a meeting with Iran to negotiate the issue.

The AP report claims that senior officials at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) prepared a secret document on Iranian nuclear capabilities. Iran already has "sufficient information" to prepare an atom bomb, the report reveals, but the Islamic Republic is missing a sufficient delivery system. However, the AP says, quoting the secret report, Iran is expected to overcome that limitation.

The United States has claimed that outgoing IAEA Chairman Mohamed ElBaradei had prepared just such a "secret annex". More generally, Israel and the U.S. recently charged that the IAEA was not revealing all it knew about Iranian nuclear weapons development.

 




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