Mon, May 02, 2005 - Page 6 News List

Iran ready to ignore US over nuclear countdown

STAND-OFF Iran continues to say that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, but UN inspectors who have visited the country's facilities say they are suspicious

THE OBSERVER , LONDON

Naseri's position is that everything the inspectors have found is for nuclear energy.

"What we have is the right, an inalienable right to produce nuclear energy, not just to use but to produce nuclear energy," he said.

He's right. Under the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, each member state is supposed to share its peaceful nuclear technology with the rest. In theory that means should be assisting the rest, Iran for example. The US sanctions imposed since the Islamic revolution, along with the West's traditional distrust of Iran, have put paid to that.

Iran says that's why it has been so secretive.

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