Originally Posted by MTAFFI
Agreed, also. The simple fact, which the Iranians choose to ignore, is that there is no problem whatsoever in operating nuclear power stations if the country (having previously signed the non-proliferation treaty
) concerned agrees to and co-operates with the inspections that ensure the facilities are not used to produce weapons. Brazil is a good example. As I understand it Malaysia was also proceeding in that fashion until the discovery of new oil reserves made a nuclear program unnecessary (no doubt any Malaysians will correct me if I'm wrong.) Bangladesh, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Indonesia are all building research reactors with the ultimate aim of producing electricity. All muslim nations, yet no talk of sanctions there! Spot the difference! You got it. They don't want bombs, and agreed to inspections.
If Iran, as it claims, has no intention of constructing nuclear weapons there is no reason whatsoever
not to agree to IAEA inspections. A continued refusal can indicate only one possible conclusion, which, amazingly, is the one everybody on the Security Council has come to, hence the sanctions. They want nuclear weapons. There may, or may not be, reasons and a valid debate as to whether they should have them or not, but nobody should fool themselves as regard to Iranian intent. The case is closed.
The solution, of course, is obvious. NOBODY should have nuclear weapons, the US, UK, China, Israel, Iran, Al Qaeda, anybody. The only constructive contributions to the nuclear debate are geared towards that objective, and that objective only. The rest achieve nothing. If they exist in the world, sooner or later somebody will use them.