President Sarkozy of France in an article published today in Le Nouvel Observateur, expressed his concerns over the tension between Iran and Israel which might eventually lead to war. He regards the conflict between Israel and Iran as more dangerous than the possibility of an American air strike on Iran. “The problem for us is,” he said, “not so much the risk that the Americans could launch a military intervention, but that the Israelis consider their security is truly threatened.” Despite the recent US intelligence report which concluded that Iran is not engaged in trying to develop nuclear weapons, many Israeli government leaders and members of the military do not believe those conclusions and are convinced that Iran is pursuing a policy of making nuclear weapons. In his interview, Sarkozy emphasized, “everyone agrees that what the Iranians are doing has no civilian explanation. The only debate is whether they will have military capability in one year or in five years.” He also offered to visit Tehran to discuss ways in which his nation could work with Iran on peaceful nuclear uses.
Of course, “everyone” does not agree that Iran is working on nuclear weapons, that was the essential thrust of the US intelligence report. Is it possible that Iran might have nuclear weapons in five years? Of course that possibility exists. But, many things might change in the coming five years such as the most probable replacement of Ahmadinejad as president. A new president in America might be able to re-establish positive relations with Iran and reduce tensions. The main significance of the US intelligence report is that there is no immediate need for action. The world has a few years to deal with the issue of Iranian nuclear weapons ever coming into existence.
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President Ahmadinejad told reporters he regards the US intelligence report, which decries complaints that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapon program, as a positive step” and expressed hope that Washington would take “more steps like this.” He believes the ceasing of American tirades against alleged Iranian atomic bomb programs will lead to change and pave the way “for resolving he regions’ major problems.” When asked exactly what the United States might do to improve relations, he urged the Bush administration to “respect the rights of countries in the region(Middle East). Ahmadinejad also wants an end to sanctions against his nation since it now has evidence that nuclear development has been for peaceful ends, not military. He also promised to continue talks on nuclear issues. “We believe that nuclear energy does not mean an atomic bomb.”
Reporters asked Ahmadinejad about his attitude toward Israel and the president responded that his nation does not feel “threatened by the Zionist regime.” Ahmadinejad did not utter threats against the security of Israel nor were there angry words against the United States. Unfortunately, the current leadership in Washington D.C. has no idea how to follow up on the potential for real discussions with Iran because Bush/Cheney prefer the rhetoric of anger and hate to the calm discussion of issues. There is little evidence Bush is ready to negotiate with Iran nor is there any evidence Ahmadinejad would even be able to enter into a calm discussion about issues separating the two nations. Most probably the world will have to wait for a few years until a new president assumes leadership in both Tehran and Washington D.C.
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Recently declassified documents reveal that in the 1960s the United States government made secret agreements with the government of Japan to circumvent the Japanese principles of never producing, possessing or allowing nuclear weapons on its territory. A 1963 secret agreement allowed US ships which were either powered by nuclear power or had nuclear weapons to enter Japanese seaports. In 1968, the USS Enterprise which was nuclear powered docked in Japan despite student protests, but on the ground it was allowed to do so by terms of the 1963 agreement.
The United States ensured its defeated enemy would never have access to atomic weapons and compelled Japan to make such provisions in its constitution and laws. Now, we learn, America circumvented those principles by compelling Japan to allow entry into its seaports of nuclear powered vessels that carried nuclear weapons. This is a sad story and fortunately, it belongs in the past. Hopefully, we today will ensure the Japanese nation never has to be involved in any form of nuclear weaponry.
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Israel Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said there was scant likelihood Iran would become a nuclear power within the next few years and that the earliest it could possibly occur would be by 2009 “only if nothing gets in their way and under the optimal conditions from Iran’s standpoint.” Olmert disagreed with those arguing Russia would support Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons. “I think Russia doesn’t have an interest in a nuclear Iran. they have supported steps against the nuclearization of Iran.”
Russia has a large Muslim population and allowing Iran to become a nuclear power would add a new risk to its southern frontiers which contain large portions of that group. Russia only benefits if Iran is kept away from nuclear weapons.
A team of US nuclear experts arrived in North Korea today led by Sung Kim, head of the State Department’s Office of Korean affairs. Their task is implementing accords reached regarding dismantling of North Korea’s nuclear weapon capabilities. According to Christopher Hill who played an important role in negotiations, “Now we are not going to get to normalized full diplomatic relations until North Korea gives up all of its nuclear ambitions and that the last 50 kilos of materials that they already got.” At the same time, Hill recognized Japan’s inability to obtain cooperation from the North Korean government about abductions of Japanese citizens who were kidnapped and brought to North Korea. Hill indicated they would have to proceed with the nuclear dismantling program despite not being able to achieve all goals of negotiation.
The United States insists that nations which are hostile to its national goals must accomplish certain tasks before being considered to be worthy of participating as an equal in world bodies. One can only wonder if the corollary is also true — that the United States must also meet goals before it is recognized as a humane and peaceful society. Does the world have a right to insist America dismantle its military operations in Iraq?
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Tagged dismantle operations, North Korea, nuclear weapons, State Department, US experts
President Ahmadninejad rejected any discussion with the United States until there was a revision in American attitudes toward the Iranian nation. He was responding to George Bush’s statement he would talk with Iran if it first halted its uranium enrichment program. Ahmadinejad argued the United States had no right to establish preconditions for discussions and offered to debate Bush on problems in the world. “We believe a public debate will help promote world peace,” he claimed.
George Bush continually argues that Iran must make certain decisions before he will talk with their representatives. Establishing preconditions to discussions between nations raises the question as to whether or not the other side has a right to establish preconditions. The United States just concluded a nuclear agreement with India which has atomic weapons that does not impose ending nuclear development. Perhaps, if Bush took the risk of talking with Ahmadinejad, negotiations might proceed and at least both nations would be engaged in an interactive process. Bush frequently misunderstands the intensity of distrust present in other nations regarding the intentions of America. After all, the US aided Saddam Hussein who invaded Iran and caused the death of over a million people. The United States was able through negotiations to have North Korea end its program to develop nuclear weapons. Is a similar approach possible with Iran?
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A Japanese professor doing research uncovered a secret document from the Nixon administration in which the United States and Japan agree nuclear weapons can be brought into Japan in exchange for having the island of Okinawa revert to control of its mother country. The document, dated November 12, 13. 1969 was written by National Security Advisor, Henry Kissinger. It states: “Attached is a game plan to be followed by prime Minister Sato and yourself (Nixon) in conjunction with secret United States-japanese agreements on access to post reversion Okinawa to Japan, remove nuclear weapons from the prefecture.” Essentially, the agreement allowed the U.S. to bring nuclear weapons into Japan after Okinawa officially became part of Japan.
It is such documents which frighten many people in the world. Although, this incident occurred over thirty years ago it exemplifies fears that America works behind the scene making deals and conspiring while it insists nations be truthful about their intentions.