Iran 'determined' to go nuclear

2012-04-08 15:25

Tehran - Iran on Saturday told visiting former Japanese premier Yukio Hatoyama that it will pursue its controversial nuclear programme despite "restrictions", and hopes upcoming talks with world powers will lead "toward trust building", media reported.

Iran "is pursuing its right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and will not ignore this right", Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted by official media as telling the Japanese politician, who commenced his trip on Saturday.

Iran's nuclear programme is peaceful, Salehi said, adding that "for more than three decades with the aim of preserving its political independence Iran has withstood problems and restrictions and... will continue this path".

He was quoted as expressing hope that the "upcoming P5+1 talks to be an opportunity for the West to move toward confidence building".

That was a reference to a much-anticipated resumption of talks between Tehran and the six world powers on Iran's disputed nuclear programme, which is planned to go ahead next week despite a dispute on the venue being Istanbul or Baghdad.


Iranian media quoted Hatoyama as dubbing the next round of talks as "important" and saying he "hoped that through talks and negotiation, Iran's nuclear issue is resolved".

"Japan believes that no nation in the world should possess weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear ones, and that the peaceful use of nuclear energy is the right of all countries," he was quoted as saying.

The official IRNA news agency quoting Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi on Friday as saying that during his two-day visit, Hatoyama is expected to meet with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, top nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili and other top officials.

Hatoyama's visit was frowned upon in Japan, and Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba reportedly requested that he not make the trip.

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Nodahe has also expressed concerns over Hatoyama's visit from the viewpoint of consistency with the government's efforts of international co-ordination, Japanese media reported.

  • Fidel - 2012-04-08 15:50

    Iran "is pursuing its right to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and will not ignore this right" VS Iran 'determined' to go nuclear. Journalists come up with an image so seductive, so complete and easy to use that they keep running with it regardless of how well or poorly it reflects reality. My faith is with the people of Iran. They will find a way to move things forward, they don't need the likes of Clinton and Hague.

      Fred - 2012-04-09 12:48

      The Iranian regime has hijacked the Iranian state from the people of Iran. Unfortunately you don't register this all important fact.

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-08 19:25

    Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and it has never allowed inspections of its nuclear facilities nor has it joined the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) based on its policy of nuclear ambiguity.

      Larry - 2012-04-08 21:48

      Israel is a modern Western democracy and can be trusted to act with restraint. Third world despotic regimes, especially the hate filled Islamic kind cannot be trusted. Akin to giving your twelve year old a bottle of whisky and the keys to your car. This is a no-brainer, but then the no-brainers have no brains.

      Ask - 2012-04-09 04:23

      @ anthony from 'Africa' and Larry - Iran can be trusted, Israel cannot... we need a Balance of Power in the Region... then you will how quick the Peace process actually happens...

      Fred - 2012-04-09 04:39

      Joe, Fidel and Patrick are pointers to wrong perception.

      Ask - 2012-04-09 08:42

      @ anthony from'Africa'- "I don't know if you have just returned from a two year world cruise, but you don't seem to have been following much of what's been happening." I think you have been brainwashed; similar to what Hitler did to the German army, nothing anyone can say will convince you otherwise. "Anyhow, it is not so much the fear ,that Iran itself would have nuclear weapons. The Iranian leadership is pretty crazy, but totally insane, it is not. But their main export product is TERRORISM." - they export 'products' to Freedom fighters. "The chance that Iran will sell/donate a nuclear bomb to a terrorist group , is just too large. Can you imagine Hamas with an atom bomb!!!!!!!!!" - Yes "Fortunatelly, it is not only the USA,and Europe that see this danger, but Russia and China like wise. The Iranian nuclear facilities, how peaceful they might be, must be flattened, as one can not trust the Iranians." - that is your opinion. "And anyone who thinks this is "unfair" or whatever, NOT important !!!" - this statement is the CRUX of the issue as only True Terrorists will be so bold to make it. I rest my case.

      Ask - 2012-04-09 09:03

      @ anthony from'Africa'- I'm happy that you are happy... I'm also happy that you do NOT disagree to the fact that we now know who is the real TERRORIST.

      Ask - 2012-04-09 10:47

      @anthony from 'Africa' - you can't be from Africa; you don't appear to have the spirit of Ubuntu... and look a this statement below... "And to hell with any nation that had objected to this !" - sounds like a terrorist threat to me... you also sound like Uncle Bob from Zim...

      Fidel - 2012-04-09 12:26

      Israhell, trust and restraint can never go into the same sentence! Israhell, just like Iran is a theocracy.

      Fred - 2012-04-09 12:33

      You make no case Joe, none whatsoever.

      Fred - 2012-04-09 12:58

      Thankfully Israel has nuclear weapons. The unnelected dictators of the Middle East, who are abusing the Palestinians, have accumulated vast resources through oil revenues over the past few decades. Israel needs these weapons as a deterrent to the open threats of destruction and genocide that it faces almost daily. The Jewish people have already been through the biggest attempt at human genocide in the history of humankind: six million killed in just a few years. If anyone wants to see the level of consciousness of these dictators, one just has to look at what Assad is doing right now to Muslim families in Syria, backed by the mafia-like Russian regime.

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-09 07:49

    I thought Iran's main export was oil.

      Fred - 2012-04-09 13:06

      The Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, uses those revenues to oppress Iranians especialy women, support the slaughter of Syrian families by Bashar Assad, and fund the killing and maiming of hundreds of thousands of mainly Muslim civilians by extremists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere. It also abuses the Palestinian people by funnelling them arms and inciting them to attack Israel almost daily, to give the Iranian people a fake external enemy so it can hold onto power. Together with Bashar Assad's regime, the Iranian regime is a dark terrorist state that must be removed from power for the betterment of humanity

      Fred - 2012-04-10 02:50

      That's just uninformed nonsense from you Patrick. Total nonsense.

  • Jerzy - 2012-04-09 07:50

    How many barrels of terrorism do they export? Is it more than oil?

      Fred - 2012-04-09 12:46

      It is. And the sooner the Iranian regime, distinct from the Iranian people, are denied oil revenues and removed from power, the less terrorism there will be in our world.

  • Lenzi - 2012-04-09 16:27

    This is a simple picture showing Palestinian territorial decline from 1946 to 2009. My question is how does Israel defend such an excessive land grab? Abbas of Palestine wants to go back to the pre 1967 borders, looks like a good deal for Israel and the world but Netenyahu refuses! Even Obama tried to convince Netenyahu of this. Now the entire middle east is erupting because of this dispute, and we have a very real possibility of a nuclear WW3, in this scenario EVERY ONE LOOSES... and to think we might destroy the earth over these two childish nations (Iran and Israel) with big guns and very big egos.

      Fidel - 2012-04-09 16:35

      Considering the Israhelli expansion, who is wiping who off of the map?

      Fred - 2012-04-10 02:53

      You're both delusional in your understanding of what is happening in the Middle East, and your belief system is more suited to the Dark Ages.

      Jaba - 2012-04-10 07:11

      The land is with its rightful owners - the Jews. The rest of the 99% of the Middle East is with its rightful owners – the Arabs. Anyone who disagrees with the above is a plain racist who does not want Jews to have their home (1% of the Middle East), where it has been for 3000 years (yes that is thousands of years before the birth of Islam) Due to the fact that there are so many fundamental religious racists in the Middle East – I too am happy Israel is a nuclear power. It’s the only way to deter unsavoury camel herders from yet another war. Iran should be stopped – as (unlike Israel) Iran’s ayatollahs are extreme fundamentalists –they WILL use a bomb which will lead to the eventual death of around 200 million people in the Middle East. Even Mecca will be nuclear waste if Iran acquires the bomb. It’s funny how South African Muslims support Iran when so much of the Arab Middle East fears Iran. I guess their hate of Israel is stronger than their love for their brethren in Medina & Mecca. That is what happens when you love death more than life.

      Fred - 2012-04-10 14:36

      The answer to your question is that the Israelites have been in the area as long as the other tribes. This is recorded fact.

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