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October 29, 2009
Judging Ahmadinejad’s sincerity during nuclear talks

Iran has responded to the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s proposal to ship Iranian uranium abroad for enriching. But neither the agency nor the Iranian government has made the draft public.

In Ahmadinejad’s most positive comments to date, the leader said, “We welcome cooperation on nuclear fuel, power plants and technology, and we are ready to cooperate.”

To analyze today’s events in Iran, Daljit Dhaliwal spoke with Flynt Leverett, director of the Iran Project at the New America Foundation and a professor at Pennsylvania State.

Leverett examines the details of the Iranian and United States’ proposals for enriching uranium. He also discusses his belief that Iran intends to keep developing its fuel cycle infrastructure.

Even if Iran complies with the UN proposal to ship its uranium overseas, do you think it will still secretly try to develop nuclear weapons?

Tell us what you think in the comments section below. Please remember to be respectful and on-point in your comments. Malicious or offensive comments will be deleted and repeat offenders will be banned.

For more, view our Voices of Iran extended coverage page and listen to our online radio show on Baha’i faith and modern Iran.

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40 comments

#40

” 11/03/2009 :: 02:33:06 PM
Jacob Says:

Sergio Bramsole:

What you say isn’t true. For some reason WF won’t let me post my response, so I don’t know? ”

It’s 100 % accurate on my part. By the way, they don’t moderate this messageboard. This is feeble beyond belief.

#39

Sergio Bramsole:

What you say isn’t true. For some reason WF won’t let me post my response, so I don’t know?

#38

I am really sorry to say that Iran’s Ahmedijihad is a person that cannot be trusted at all.

WHY, all radical Muslims are absolutely counting on him to build nuke bombs. It is an honor for all terrorist Muslims and Theocratic State of Iran to brag that against all odds they got Nuke Bombs fully developed in their country.

Iran is absolutely positively and surely will have nuke bombs as part of their arsenal.

#37

Iran will not atack Israel.nobody is thinking strat becase if Iran atcks Israel. the PLO and lebnan and the rest of the muslim s are efected by this nuk .

#36

Mixed Signal
Let’s see … refuses and has refused to commit to full IAEA Inspects , the recent discovered hidden nuclear enrichment plant , oh it was not until 2002 Iran’s Heavy Water plant & nuclear enrichment facilities were discovered , but hidden .. revealed by exiled Iranian opposition group . If Iran has such peaceful nuclear intentions why such blatant covert nuclear activities ? Iran’s connections with the Nuclear arms black market such as Pakistan A.Q. Khan?
Iran is still the leader in International terrorism, its forces have been captured in Iraq, “ released by Obama” Iran is still the major origin of IEDs & EFPs in Iraq. Iran hand is fighting US Troops in Afghanistan.
Iran has spent billions in its wars of terror. Iran is responsible for hundreds of American lives in Iraq and ever increasing Afghanistan. , Ahmandinejah missed placed 66 billion dollars in oil revenues, more likely than not went for war efforts , building Hamas, Hezbollah even Syrian Forces.
Can you trust a country with fake elections and is hanging its own people ever week , who are trying to bring about change ? A recent report by Amnesty International , Iran is criminalizing freedom of expression, making it an executionable offense for speaking against its government.
It was the late Ayatollah Khomeini who set the world on fire with his cult of the Islamic Suicide Bomber. Bin Laden & Al Qaeda adopted this belief in the 1990’s while in Sudan at Iranian Revolutionary Guard training Camps. There were no Islamic Suicide bombers in the Soviet –Afghan war, nor were there any in Israel until 1994 introduced by Iranian backed Hamas.
Iran is at war with the world and wants a nuclear umbrella for its proxy terrorist forces. Just look how North Korea is able to hold the world hostage with its nuclear weapons. And North Korea is an ally of Iran.
Lets us look at what Iran is doing not Iranian propaganda ..

#35

” Matthew Says:Many people in the west share Flynt Leverett’s perspective and I appreciate his insight”

# 28

The opposite is more likely. The vast majority of indigenous folks in my neck of the woods don’t trust Muslim fundamentalists of any kind.

#34

“Jacob Griesmer Says: Much of the Persian culture was lost because of Mossadeq being taken out of power and then replaced with the Shah’s version of Persian…”
It’s intellectually flawed to attribute so much to a single event. Besides, Pasdaran cadres have used Mosaddeq as an excuse to brutally suppress domestic opposition and branch out to the four corners of this world. Compared to the ayatollahs nowadays, Shah Reza Pahlavi seemed like an enlightened ruler.

#33

Many thanks, piventb. I looked it up. Their lengthy response can be summarized as following: it’s a freebie from Al-Jazeera. Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes! Beware of Greeks bearing gifts or so they say.

#32

“Sergio Bramsole Says:

Iran’s quest for nuclear munitions is multidimensional in nature, ranging from Shiite beliefs to geopolitical goals to reconstitute the Persian empire. No wonder Sunni powers in the Mideast have been beating war drums too.”

Much of the Persian culture was lost because of Mossadeq being taken out of power and then replaced with the Shah’s version of Persian, and after his regime killed all the free-thinkers, there was no democratic faction left, so Khomeini’s version of Islam prevailed.

Just because Sadam’s last words were to God doesn’t mean his killing of Iranians and Kurds had anything to do with him being a Sunni.

#31

Why would any sensible country or head of state wish to become a nuclear power at this time. The price they pay for weapons they cannot safely use, is to have every other nuclear power, even supposedly friendly to them, target them ‘just in case’. Moreover it will certainly evoke an arms race in the mid east already devoid of trust. More weapons pointing at them. What is the gain?

#30

Mr. Bramsole, please read more about PBS airing Al Jazeera coverage from the PBS Ombudsman: http://www.pbs.org/ombudsman/2009/04/the_al_jazeera_effect.html

On that page, you will also find Worldfocus Executive Producer Marc Rosenwasser’s response to the original FOX News report.

#29

Many people in the west share Flynt Leverett’s perspective and I appreciate his insight.

#28

I raised this issue with Martin Savidge in the past. World Focus relies disproportionately on Al-Jazeera for reporting. This is PBS after all.

#27

If America doesn’t apologize for Mossadeq’s house arrest, the Shah of Iran and his SAVAK, giving Sadam weapons, heavy artillery, jets, training, and chemicals, or join PAROS discussions then America needs to be taught a lesson.

But, we don’t have to fear anything anyway, our missile defense would melt their bombs minutes after their launched.

“However, it is hard to imagine other nations sitting idly by while the United States develops the tools to attack them “in, from and through space” as postulated by the U.S. Air Force. The United States already has near complete dominance in space capacity. The United States controls 95 percent of all military satellites and dominates two-thirds of the commercial space industry. The U.S. budget for military-related space activity was $18 billion in 2003 and is expected to rise to $25 billion by 2010. American space-technology industries combined in 2000 to generate $125 billion in profits, and total American investment in space technology is expected to be $600 billion by 2010. There is no rush to dramatically alter U.S. space policy because the status quo overwhelmingly favors the United States. And yet this is precisely what the Bush team is doing.”

-center for defense information

#26

If America doesn’t apologize for Mossadeq’s house arrest, the Shah of Iran and his SAVAK, giving Sadam weapons, heavy artillery, jets, training, and chemicals, or join PAROS discussions then America needs to be taught a lesson.

But, we don’t have to fear anything anyway, our missile defense would melt their bombs minutes after their launched.

“However, it is hard to imagine other nations sitting idly by while the United States develops the tools to attack them “in, from and through space” as postulated by the U.S. Air Force. The United States already has near complete dominance in space capacity. The United States controls 95 percent of all military satellites and dominates two-thirds of the commercial space industry. The U.S. budget for military-related space activity was $18 billion in 2003 and is expected to rise to $25 billion by 2010. American space-technology industries combined in 2000 to generate $125 billion in profits, and total American investment in space technology is expected to be $600 billion by 2010. There is no rush to dramatically alter U.S. space policy because the status quo overwhelmingly favors the United States. And yet this is precisely what the Bush team is doing.”

http://www.cdi.org/program/document.cfm?DocumentID=3022&

#25

Iran’s quest for nuclear munitions is multidimensional in nature, ranging from Shiite beliefs to geopolitical goals to reconstitute the Persian empire. No wonder Sunni powers in the Mideast have been beating war drums too.

#24

Iran’s focus on Israel’s alleged nuclear stash is a tactical ploy to play out the clock. For examples, the Iranians don’t complain about Pakistan ‘s declared nuclear arsenal; which is after all their next-door neighbor, while Israeli is more than one thousand miles away. Also, do the Israelis have the equivalent of “Quds Day” something along Persepolis Day or chant “death to Iran” from dawn to dusk?

The Iranian regime forges ahead with its nuclear weapons program, They won’t stop. Sanctions don’t work. The opposition in the country isn’t strong enough to take on Pasdaran. There are two basic options : a] learn to live with a nuclear-armed Iran or b] or bust them up. There is no third way.

#23

Iran wants nukes as an insurance policy. The US doesn’t invade nations that have nuclear weapons.

#22

# 13 , # 17

Israel this and Israel that… Jews this and Jews that. Shame on you !

#21

Flynt Leverett appeared on your program yesterday. Many among your viewers may not know that Flynt Leverett is one of the staunchest proponents of the Iranian regime in this country. Flynt Leverett muddied the water or he tried to. Iran flatly rejected the IAEA’s compromise deal to ship LEU abroad for further processing. Anything to the contrary is a canard. Your viewership was intentionally misinformed.

#20

I think the Governments are missing the point. Iran’s goal is to stall as it has in the past. Since Iran lost an AWAX it can’t monitor the Israeli threat so Iran now plays its nice card once again,,,,and the sheep’s clothing goes back on.

#19

The U.S should stop trying to police the whole world. The U.S has no business telling other countries what to do, and when it does is always for self interest and or to keep other countries as slaves to the capitalist agenda. The CIA has killed and taken out of power leaders of countries that do not agree.

#18

Dear World Focus,

The negotiations are an ideal facade for both Iran and Western governments. The latter can pretend they are making progress in reducing the Iranian nuclear threat. Iran can play for time, and take all the concessions it will get.

No doubt, in the meantime, Iran is developing nuclear weapons in secret facilities other than that near Qom. The latter was never discovered by the IAEA, nor revealed by Western spy agencies. It was exposed by Iranian dissidents.

Even if the CIA knows about them, it might feign ignorance, as it did in the 2008 report, designed to stymie action by former President Bush.

It’s all smoke and mirrors – until the first real mushroom cloud that Iran will almost certainly explode in the next few years.

#17

Item #13, Michael: Do you know where the Israeli/Jewish lobby sits inthe White House? They sit just outside the Oval Office door, manned by Emanuel Rham and his two brothers, all former members of Israeli army. Go figure.

#16

World Focus provides not only diverse news programming but also shows multiple points of view in a global environment. Bravo, Daljit, for getting this man on air.

#15

Yes, trust Ahmadinejad’s sincerity and let him get a nice, big nuclear bomb or two. I’m sure he has no plans to use them. They will be purely ornamental.

#14

Iran cannot be sincere in saying they’re not going to develop nuclear weapons. After all, they’re also developing long range missles… certainly not a delivery system one would build for conventional explosives.

#13

Until Israel and the U.S. come clean on Israel’s nuclear weapons Iran should continue to enrich. This stranglehold that the Israeli/jewish lobby has on our government is treasonous and disgraceful.

#12

I agree with #10 Luis. It is so pompous of us to set these demands in Iran, they are not done to Israel. As far as TRUST is concerned, we know
how dishonesty is so pervasive in the US. Frankly
it has been the rule and not the exception in our
government and business. So clean your own house
before you criticize another.

#11

I say that Iranian government is complying with the UN because it needs to keep the world off its back and most specially Israel.

Iran is diverting all focus against them and it is very determined to acquire Nuke Bombs at all costs.

Iran needs more time to refine uranium into weapon grades. All other Terrorist Muslim Countries in the world are depending on Iran to produce the nuke bombs.

Iran wants to be a world power nation. It will be an equal footings with the Western World including the USA, Russia & China.

#10

The western world have the idea we own the true,dont we have nuclear plants for electricity = nuclear weapon so who supervise us ,would we accept such a thing,Why do we treat them the way we like to be treated,is difficult to make friends ,after you blitz them ,ARE WE THE WORLD PATROL ?

#9

Item# 1. Vivian. Likewise, do not trust a woman on any subject. She keeps changing her mind, and insists she is right every time!LOL

#8

Not for a minute I would trust Iran on nuclear enrichment.

#7

Ahmedinejad said in his speech that Iran wouldn’t give up their right to nuclear arms. If he didn’t have nuclear weapons (and didn’t have any intentions of making them), why would he say that? And if he’s interested in “preserving his nuclear right”, why would he give away his ability to do so? He sounds wayy too confident…he’s gotta think somehow that the ball is in his court.

I think either he has another secret facility that’s well on its way to making military-grade enriched Uranium, or he already has a small stockpile of nuclear arms hiding somewhere that we haven’t discovered yet. I think this sudden change in attitude is just a ploy to throw the West off their scent.

#6

For western double standard palicy is time to trust the ” bridge ” of victory as new standard for middle east.

#5

Only state run radio (aka Public Radio) would even posit such a ludicrous question.

#4

Iran has stated it does not seek nuclear weapons. All this undue attention to the peaceful scientific advancement is spurned on by various interests which for various reasons oppose Iran or Islamic politics. Iran is being portrayed as aggressive and dangerous by nations which use invasion and the threat of force to interfere with nations all over the world. Neither political party in the United States furthers a foreign policy that shows even a basic respect for self-determination of states or nations.

#3

I would give Iran a chance to do the right thing. I would make it clear that if Iran is caught trying to make nuclear weapons, The U.S would take out that nuclear site. Patriot missles needs to be set up in Israel, in case Iran does shoot a missle.

#2

Have they lied before regarding their nuclear programs ?

#1

Do not trust the man on any subject.

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