TEHERAN, Iran — Iran's supreme leader told a nuclear disarmament conference in Teheran on Saturday that the United States' atomic weapons are a tool of terror and intimidation.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said America deceptively calls for non-proliferation while holding on to its own weapons and failing to confront Israel, which is widely believed to possess nuclear bombs.
The two-day conference appeared timed as a counterweight to US President Barack Obama's 47-nation summit in Washington last week to discuss nuclear security. Obama did not invite Iran, which the US fears is using a civilian nuclear program as cover to develop a weapons capability. Iran denies that and says its nuclear work is only for peaceful purposes such as power generation.
Right and if you believe that last one, I have a bridge to sell you (pictured above). With over 60 nations there, I wonder what is the world drinking?
The two-day conference appeared timed as a counterweight to US President Barack Obama's 47-nation summit in Washington last week to discuss nuclear security. Obama did not invite Iran, which the US fears is using a civilian nuclear program as cover to develop a weapons capability. Iran denies that and says its nuclear work is only for peaceful purposes such as power generation.Iran does not have normal, rational people leading it. The President of the country actually believes that if he starts World War 3, the Mahdi will return to cleans the world of all Jews with the help of Jesus (I couldn't begin to make this up!).
"The deceptive policy by the sole nuclear offender, which falsely claims to be advocating the non-proliferation of nuclear arms while doing nothing substantive for this cause, will never succeed," Khamenei said.
Iran's conference brought together representatives from 60 countries, including China, Russia, Pakistan, Iraq, Turkey and France, as well as delegates from international bodies and non-governmental organizations, according to Iranian media.
Khamenei, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and several other senior Iranian officials took turns at the podium to warn that America's nuclear policy was endangering the world and encouraging nations to consider withdrawing from the Non-Nuclear Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
If the US meant what it said about stopping the spread of nuclear weapons, Israel would not have been able to "turn the occupied land of Palestine into an arsenal with huge stockpiles of nuclear weapons," Khamenei said.
Three sets of UN sanctions have failed to pressure Iran to stop its own uranium enrichment work, which it says is only to produce fuel for power stations. The technology is of international concern because it could give Iran a pathway to warhead production.
Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei Rybakov, called for more confidence building measures from Tehran to allay international concerns over its nuclear program.
"We need to reinforce, reinstall full confidence in the exclusively peaceful nature of the Iranian nuclear program," Rybakov said Saturday on Iran's English-language Press TV.
Teheran was angered by Obama's announcement this month of a new US nuclear policy in which he pledged America would not use atomic weapons against nations that do not have them. Iran and North Korea were pointedly excluded from the non-use pledge, and Iranian leaders took that as an implicit threat.
"The insistence of these governments on holding and increasing the destructive powers of these weapons ... serves as a tool of collective intimidation and terror," Khamenei said of the US and other nuclear-armed nations.
Then again this is from a nation that arrested, 2 pigeons for spying near the Natanz nuclear facility in 2008 and 14 squirrels for spying in 2007.
What is even more amazing about the arrests of the 14 squirrels is the acceptance by the average
"No, I had not heard about this, but it does not surprise me, foreign countries are always meddling in Iran," said Hassan Mohmmadi, a fast-food vendor.Yet the true story can now be told:
Mohammadi asked me if I knew where the squirrels were from, and I told him that I didn’t know. Then he came to his own conclusions. "I bet they were British squirrels, they are the most cunning," he replied.
Meantime, an independent journalist, Sepher Sopli, was not surprised by the idea that another country would spy on Iran, so much as he was dumbfounded by their methods.
"I read this story in the papers and though it was very bizarre; what struck me as odd was that in this age of modern technology, people were relying on squirrels to do their spying," Sopli said.
Watch out Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, there are many more of these coming:
Just a few of the many Patriotic squirrels. Not a nut in this bunch!