Rouhani Dismisses Claims of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons

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Iran’s new president Hassan Rouhani has said that his country would never build nuclear weapons, reports the BBC.

The announcement came on Wednesday in an interview with NBC in which Rouhani declared that Iran would never “seek weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons” and that he has “full power and complete authority” to make a nuclear deal with the West, reports the New York Times.

This latest conciliatory statement has capped a series of goodwill gestures and hints of new diplomatic flexibility from Iran’s ruling establishment – including Rosh Hashanah greetings to Jews worldwide via Twitter, the release of political prisoners, and an exchange of letters with President Obama, the New York Times reports.

Iran is currently under U.N. and Western sanctions over its controversial nuclear program. It claims it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes but the U.S. and its allies suspect Iran of trying to build a nuclear weapon, says the BBC.

Experts have said that the recent publicity campaign on Iran’s part has been carefully planned in advance, reports the New York Times. “Actually it’s a kind of blitz that Iran is doing. Their intent is very clear, that is to distinguish themselves – this is the anti-Ahmadinejad,” Gary Sick, an Iran expert at Columbia University, told the New York Times. “I’d say they’re succeeding. They’re also aware there’s a huge degree of skepticism in the West, particularly the United States, and there’s a standard body of opinion that nothing has changed in Iran.”

[BBC]
[New York Times]

38 comments
Justin Blurblur
Justin Blurblur

Rouhani may not want nuclear weapon for Iran. But what about future versions of Ahmadinejad?

arkeo2010
arkeo2010

@TIME Iran is going to use against to turkey next time thehir nuclear weapons.someone must say stop to iran

sallyedelstein
sallyedelstein

If he is to be believed, a tentative sigh of relief can be heard worldwide.

For those of us who grew up during the 1950's 7 60's the fear  of nuclear attack was the subtext of our lives. Nothing matched the profound fears that gripped our countries fear of a cold war turning hot. For an illustrated look at memories of growing up with nuclear jitters http://wp.me/p2qifI-1hg


SassanK.Darian
SassanK.Darian

Fantastic, it appears that Rouhani is also a Holocaust denier. It is important to note that any individual running for the "Presidency" in Iran is vetted by the Guardian Council for being Islamist and terrorist enough to be approved for the regime. Additionally, all the real power lies with Khamanei the Supreme Animal.

As to his wonderful quotes, "Rouhani called Israel "an occupier, a usurper government that does injustice to the people of the region" and said it "has brought instability to the region with its war-mongering policies."

How quaint. A regime that rules through terror and tyranny in Iran and is fundamental to the genocide of the Syrian people in helping Assad to stay in power against the will of the Syrian people has the gall to spout this nonsense. It is expected really since he is a Mullah.

"But when asked further about Israel, Rouhani also said: "What we wish for in this region is rule by the will of the people. We believe in the ballot box. We do not seek war with any country. We seek peace and friendship among the nations of the region."

Yes, the ballot box. A wonderful concept. How is that going in Syria with Assad ruling through terror? How is that going in Iran in which Khamanei and the Revolutionary Guards thugs are all unelected hooligans and in which there is no semblance of free and democratic elections. Israel is the only true democracy in the region in which the rights of gays, women, and other religious minorities are not only protected but flourish.

"Rouhani said Iran would never develop nuclear weapons and that he had "complete authority" to negotiate a nuclear deal with the United States and other Western powers."

This is exactly Rouhani's job.... his job to fool the west to buy time so the regime develops the nuclear bomb! Did the west not learn anything from the time of Khatami? Anyhow, if there were any doubts as to the true colors of this charlatan, we see it on full display by the Holocaust denier Rouhani. Oh BTW, I speak as an Iranian and someone born in Iran, having spent significant amounts of time in Iran over the years, and having most my family in Iran.

Saeed6Ali
Saeed6Ali

@TIME @TIMEWorld Israel has political prisoners , they also have WMD, and the less said about the US and its eroding of human ri the better.

Saeed6Ali
Saeed6Ali

@TIME @TIMEWorld if I had to chose to whom I should believe between Iran and the US and Israel, well Iran wins every time.

Nicole Rees
Nicole Rees

People that dwell in the past bar the future

San Stu Tzu Lawrence
San Stu Tzu Lawrence

Nice...Question is though: when/where exactly did S.L. Khamanei condone the President's stance on Nukes?

sridhar.sid
sridhar.sid

The entire foreign policy  of the US on the Middle East is colored by its relationship with Israel. For the first time,the US is presented with an opportunity to bring Iran into its Middle East calculations and this it must do objectively. In the current conflicts in the Middle East, Iran could provide an excellent counter balance to the dominant Sunni factions, supported by Saudi Arabia. Any larger solution for the region cannot be achieved without Iran's support. Obama has already responded to Rouhani. He must take some bold steps now

Prakash Thapa
Prakash Thapa

LoL...!!! Even for Israel ???? Common Mr. President if U are different than other diehard ex presidents stop supporting Syria N Hizbollah...!!!

Robert Coe
Robert Coe

That's like the states saying they won't spy anymore, just because someone says it doesn't mean it won't happen

Dale Capewell
Dale Capewell

Another huge diplomatic success for Barack Obama. What a genius. We're all safe now, and so are the children of Syria.

Kabwe Pande
Kabwe Pande

Guess most if not all the western leaders will be burning eternally right

Leo CJ
Leo CJ

Well, good news anyway.

Angelo Bustonera
Angelo Bustonera

if you could also seperate church and state, that'd be great.

Gun Gunawan
Gun Gunawan

The west have nukes and justified by UN.

ali.soltani
ali.soltani

@SassanK.Darian I live in Iran right now, and I always have, so if your claim of having lived here brings you any authority on your claims, it brings me more: We elected Hassan Rouhani in a democratic poll and we believe in the change that our choice will bring. We understand that true change is a slow process and that war can only bring abrupt and unwanted change: look at what it did for Iraq and Afghanistan, I doubt you'd like your family to live in such circumstances.