Iranian Regime Agrees With NIE- Wants US to Apologize
The National Intelligence Estimate Report released yesterday claiming that Iran gave up on nukes in 2003 caused quite an uproar.
Now, the Iranian Regime is demanding an apology from the US for its “belligerent statements against the Islamic Republic.”
But, unlike the NIE Report authors, not everyone is ready to join in the Iranian nuke dance just yet.
Saudi Arabia and Kuwait fear that the Iranian regime is not developing its nuclear program for peaceful purposes.
And, they have every reason to be skeptical…
The report released yesterday comes to exactly the opposite conclusion as the NIE Report released in 2005. Norman Podhoretz explained at Commentary Magazine:
For that one, issued in May 2005, assessed “with high confidence that Iran currently is determined to develop nuclear weapons” and to press on “despite its international obligations and international pressure.”
Today, an Iranian official agreed with the NIE Report released yesterday that the Iran ended its nuclear atomic arms work back in 2003 around the time the Saddam regime was taken out.
Iranian Press TV reported:
Iran’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan Mehmanparast has elaborated on Tehran’s peaceful nuclear activities for Kazakh media representatives.
Talking to reporters in the Kazakh city of Almaty, Ramin Mehmanparast explained that Iran’s nuclear activities are entirely peaceful and conducted under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Mehmanparast reiterated that weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, neither have a place in the Islamic Republic’s doctrine, nor are they in line with the ideological principles of Iranians.
The Iranian diplomat added that as a victim of chemical weapons, Iran has been the first country to propose the Middle East disarmament initiative.
He went on to say that the IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has repeatedly asserted that there is no evidence of deviation in Iran’s nuclear program. “The remark has subjected him to harsh criticism by American and Israeli media.”
The Iranian Regime wants the Bush Administration to apologize.
Fars News reported:
US has harmed the world public opinion and Iranian nation through its lies about Iran and it should pay the price for its wrong measures, Iranian government spokesman said after a report by the US intelligence officials dismissed White House allegations about Iran’s nuclear program.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the first summit of the heads of Islamic countries’ judiciaries in Tehran on Tuesday, Gholam Hossein Elham noted a new US National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, which confirmed the peaceful nature of Tehran’s nuclear programs and activities, and reiterated, “Americans should pay the price for their words.”
He further blasted the White House officials for making unfounded and belligerent statements against the Islamic Republic, and advised the US official to show more dynamism and be more active when dealing with Iran’s nuclear case.
“The entire world has accepted the reality that Iran’s peaceful nuclear activities contained no diversion and complied with the international rules and conventions,” Elham reminded.
“All Iranian nuclear centers run activity under the rules and regulations as well as inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” he added.
The BBC has more from the regime on yesterday’s blessed nuke announcement.
UPDATE… Bush said this morning that the NIE Report was a warning.
UPDATE 2: Iranian human rights activist Banafsheh Zand Bonazzi wonders if the US is on some kind of suicide mission:
Whatever happened to instigate this, it’s BAAAAD NEWS. I have no idea who came up with this crap and why Americans are on a Kamikaze mission…either way, for a new American, a refugee from Iran, who has seen all of this, EXACTLY as it’s playing out, before…I can tell you that it doesn’t look good AT ALL. It’s all very sad to watch.
This will be left for the person who is elected next November to deal with IF it’s not too late.
If a Democrat wins there will be a bear Armageddon like war because they INSIST on remaining in denial and if a Republican wins…it’ll be war anyway but nowhere near as big or horrific. And, I’m a card-carrying Democrat!
Bush can slide this one over to the next administration– But, its definitely going to be waiting on the next president.
UPDATE 3: Ed Koch writes about who is really afraid of Iran in the World Tribune.
Hat Tip Banafsheh