Zarif Admits to Military Nuclear Intention

From time to time we’re critical of Al-Monitor for pro-Iran bias, but also admit that the site is a top rate news source. This past week offered another reminder of this.

In a piece by one of its Israeli correspondents, Al-Monitor reveals an oft-hidden component of Iran’s threat perception:

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, in a closed-door meeting with several senior European officials, stressed that Iran’s immediate concern included deterring Pakistan, which is a nuclear-weapon state, and that Iran has no interest in provoking or attacking Israel. Although Zarif’s talking points emphasized, explicitly, that Iran did not seek a nuclear weapon, Zarif’s concern with Pakistan might itself be a rationale for an Iranian nuclear capability.

Zarif stressed that Iran does not rely on Europe to stand at its side in the next war. It remembers well the West’s support of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in the war between Iraq and Iran in the 1980s, during which Saddam used chemical weapons with the knowledge of the United States.

Pakistan… Where have we heard that before? Oh yes, the famous speech by Hassan Rouhani in late 2004, when he said:

if one day we are able to complete the fuel cycle and the world sees that it has no choice, that we do possess the technology, then the situation will be different. The world did not want Pakistan to have an atomic bomb or Brazil to have the fuel cycle, but Pakistan built its bomb and Brazil has its fuel cycle, and the world started to work with them. Our problem is that we have not achieved either one, but we are standing at the threshold.

Pakistan the threat – or the role model? Perhaps both; either way, it means an Iranian military nuclear intention.  Kudos to Al-Monitor.

 

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9 comments on “Zarif Admits to Military Nuclear Intention
  1. Thinker says:

    The West and it’s allies bring forth lies through pathetic stories like this. Time and time again the UN inspectors have been to Irans nuclear sites and have found nothing to indicate that Iran are aquiring an A bomb. 2ndly The leader of Iran Sayyed Ali Khamani condemned the existance of nukes and called it a sin to carry such weaopons with devastating effects for future generations. So what about Israel and it’s nuclear weapons?? They are not even members of NPT and possess such arsenal and this is while the world turns a blinde eye and the UN are not even allowed to enter Israel to investigate? All this is happening while Iran is a signatory of the NPT and has the right to enrich in uranium for peaceful purposes etc. Even more pathetic is that US are the ones who launched two nuke attacks on Japan, this comes at a time when Japan surrended. So America wasted all those human life just to test their nuclear arsenal. So who are the bad guys now?

    • Pat Seals says:

      Japan surrendered? I think you missed history class once too often. Japan wouldn’t even surrender after the (Hiroshima) first bomb, which brought about the second (Nagasaki). For the rest of your argument, I suspect the world (especially Israel) wouldn’t be quite as concerned if Iranian leaders hadn’t already publicly announced that Israel should be wiped off the face of the Earth. In addition to being holocaust deniers, they have threatened holocaust on Israel. If you’re neighbor across the street threatened to blow up your house with you in it, wouldn’t you be concerned if they were acquiring bomb-making materials? The Thinker needs to go back and do a little more informed thinking.

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  3. Intell says:

    Thinker….is clearly an Iranian troll. Israel has showed incredible restraint in NOT unleashing its nuke arsenal against Iran, a state that wages proxy, asymmetric war throughout the middle East. Zarif claims Iran’s purpose is to deter a nuke capable Pakistan. Nonsense. What does Iran have to fear from Pakistan? Except that the Iranian leaders are unspooled on the religious implications of EVERYTHING! Which is precisely the reason that Iran should be denied even the most minimal ability to engage in the nuke weapons arena. Finally, what is this noise about Iraq using chemical weapons with the complicity of the U.S. government. What is the source of that “fact”. Sadly, just another way to blame the U.S. for everything wrong in the middle East. It’s the mantra of the middle East…”poor little middle East. Everybody is against us. All that happens here is the result of external powers pursuing their own agendas. Everybody else (but not us) is to fault for all our woes.” Just sickening. The middle East, the birthplace of 3 great religions and the haven for the greatest “conspiracy theorists” of all time. Iran’s leaders, like Saddam before them, are playing a most dangerous game. Be careful for what your wish, Mullahs. You just might get it.

  4. James Stengel says:

    Actually Thinker presents valid points. Israel steadfastly refuse to belong to the civilized nations that allow inspection of nuclear facilities, and has attacked it’s Arab neighbors without provocation, (as they have done to Israel), Israel is an outlaw state that is at th bottom og most of the Arab grievences towards the West. When Israel was formed, about 90% of the land was owned by Arabs, then Israel actively forced the Arabs out and to this day continue ethnic cleansing. Arab nations with nuclear intent need look no further than Libya, which had an active nuclear program— it ceased the program, and was removed from the list of terrorist supporting nations, then we proceeded to bomb them back to the stone age and murder their head of state. If I were Iran, I’d build every nuclear weapon I could to forestall Israeli or US attack. Nuclear weapons are the only thing keeping N Korea safe—–

  5. DGP says:

    North Korea is a bad joke at best ! And you don’t have to worry about the USA because Obama is to busy messing up health care ! But Iran lies , and always will about there intent . If they had there way Isreal would be gone from the map !

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  7. BILL KOZIN says:

    OBAMA& ITS PRESENT GOV. WILL DO EVERYTHING &ANYTHING TO APPEASE RADICAL MUSLIMS IN ORDER TO KEEP US OUT OF ANY MILITARY ACTION.OBAMA JUST IS AFFRAID OF & DOESNT KNOW HOW TO USE MILITARY POWER.. IRAN, N. KOREA, CHINA,SYRIA RUSSIA HAVE ALL EMBARASSED US WHEN IT COMES TIME TO ‘MAN UP’.WE MIGHT US WELL CUT OUR MILITARY BUDGET 25% & USE MONEY FOR HOME PROGRAMS,HEALTH, EDUC.A DETERIATING INFRASTRUCTURE,POVERTY, HOUSING,ECT,ECT, I LOVE OUR ARMED FORCES BUT WELL NEVER REALLY USE THEM IN ANY MASSIVE WAY. OUR MILITARY MONEY IS JUST WASTING AWAY.WHILE MANY AMERICANS ARE HUNGARY&BELOW THE POVERTY LEVEL,CAN USE THE MONEY…WE SHOULD MAKE IT CLEAR AS EISENHOWER ONCE SAID TO RUSSIA ,IF WE FIGHT WE WLL USE everything in our arsenal &not fight by TERORRIST RULES. ATERRORRIST ACT IS MET BY A STRATIGHIC MISSLE.YOU WILL THEN SEE HOW QUIKLY PEACE WOULD COME TO THE WORLD IF THIS IS OUR POLICY.

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