Iran's Khamenei Calls for 'Nuclear Free Middle East'

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    Aug 30, 2012 9:14 PM GMT
    Many years ago an effort was put together by Arab States to enjoin Israel to work with them and they as a group would accept Israel, but the far right Israeli's would have none of it. Purhaps some of you other students of the ME would post information on that.

    Israel gained Nuclear arms through spy's keeping it secret from the US and has refused to sign any Nuclear agreements nor to allow any inspections and is said to have around 200 Nuclear Warheads. yet it does all the yelling of WOLF with regard to Iran, a state with no proof whatever of any intentions of war where its Nuclear Program is involved. The US has intervened since it worked out a coup of Irans Democratically elected leader back in the early 50's if we and Israel keep up the propaganda and bullying Iran, we may just push them toward a War Centered Nuclear Program, who wants that !!!




    Published on Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Common Dreams

    Iran's Khamenei Calls for 'Nuclear Free Middle East'

    Supreme leader of Iran says nuclear weapons are "great sin" as Israel's Netanyahu calls meeting of Non-Alligned Movement a "disgrace"

    - Common Dreams staff




    Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday reiterated the country's position that it has no desire for nuclear weapons, calling atomic weapons a "great sin" and renewing the call for a nuclear-free Middle East.

    Iran's motto is "Nuclear energy for all and nuclear weapons for none," Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Thursday. (Photo credit: AP) Speaking to leaders at the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran, Khamenei said that Iran, as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), would continue to defend its right to develop a peaceful nuclear program.

    "I stress that the Islamic Republic has never been after nuclear weapons and that it will never give up the right of its people to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” Khamenei said.

    “Iran considers the use of nuclear, chemical and similar weapons as a great and unforgivable sin," he continued. "We proposed the idea of ‘Middle East free of nuclear weapons’ and we are committed to it.”

    Meanwhile, Israel Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu condemned the NAM conference, calling the meeting a "disgrace" and a "stain on humanity."

    "Today, over 120 countries are in Tehran, saluting a regime that not only denies the Holocaust but pledges to annihilate the Jewish state, brutalizes its own people, colludes in the murder of thousands of innocent Syrians and leads millions in chanting 'Death to America, death to Israel'," Netanyahu said.

    The Non-Aligned Movement is made up of 120 nations that seek not to be aligned with any major world power.

    There's no love lost between the Israeli and Iranian leadership in the midst of continued speculation that Israel is planning a military assault on Iran's nuclear infrastructure and as US and Israeli-backed international economic sanctions take a toll on Iran's ability to trade and operate in the global market.

    Khamenei slammed the sanctions and took aim at the UN Security Council for what Iran sees as undemocratic processes at the United Nations.

    "Our view is that the control room of the world should not be managed by the dictatorial will of a few Western countries," Khamenei said according to an English translation on his official website. "This is what is needed by all the countries that have been directly or indirectly harmed as a result of the transgression of a few bullying and hegemonic countries."

    And: "The U.N. Security Council has an illogical, unjust and completely undemocratic structure and mechanism. This is a flagrant form of dictatorship, which is antiquated and obsolete and whose expiry date has passed. It is through abusing this improper mechanism that America and its accomplices have managed to disguise their bullying as noble concepts and impose it on the world.

    "They protect the interests of the West in the name of 'human rights.' They interfere militarily in other countries in the name of 'democracy,'" he said.

    UN chief Ban Ki-Moon, who was in Tehran for the NAM summit, but did not attend Khamenei's speech, responded to the Ayatollah's most provocative comments against Israel with ire. As Agence France-Presse reports:


    Ban "strongly objected" to the remarks in talks with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has called Israel a "cancerous tumor," and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has doubted its right to exist, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters from Tehran.

    Ban traveled to the summit despite US and Israeli criticism of his attendance, along with 36 heads of state or government who Iran says have confirmed they will take part.

    The NAM summit began earlier this week and was opened with a call similar to Khamenei's for a nuclear free movement to take hold in the region.

    “We believe that the timetable for ultimate removal of nuclear weapons by 2025, which was proposed by NAM, will only be realized if we follow it up decisively,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi told delegates at the opening ceremony on Sunday.

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    Aug 30, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Iranian humor at its best.

    My favorite Iranian joke was when Ayatollah Khomeini said ''There is no fun in Islam'', and then went to a room to giggle like a little girl.

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    Aug 30, 2012 11:51 PM GMT
    Heres something from Ahmabinejad that prompted one top Israeli Military Leaders to say that "THE IRANIANS ARE RATIONAL PEOPLE AND THEY WON'T ATTACK WITH NUCLEAR WEAPONS"


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    Sep 01, 2012 3:34 AM GMT
    Israel has been permitted to get away with too much. Of course we should support Israel, but not without limit. There should be strings attached to our support.
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    Sep 01, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    FRE0 saidIsrael has been permitted to get away with too much. Of course we should support Israel, but not without limit. There should be strings attached to our support.



    I agree with you !!!!


    It is great that Israel has a homeland, but it stops right there !!! Now that they have a homeland it is high time that the Israeli Leadership stop blocking by settlement building the establishment of a Palestinian Homeland / state next to Israel.

    Their leadership stands in the way time and time again by moving the goal posts each time they are close to an agreement, or a new election brings in a Sheron and or a Netanyahu who drops what was negotiated through the previous Israeli leader then starts spreading the propaganda that the Palestinians caused the end o negotiations when in fact it was Israels new leader. Then to make matters worse the chicken shit US leaders repeat whatever the hell the Israeli Lobby AIPAC pushes as the reason for the failure and the US Public is misinformed and told yet again that its the Palestinians.


    People like us need to speak up, and often and refuse to back down from the truth when confronted with propaganda. Until our American Public are educated by the real facts this group of Israeli Far Right will keep getting away with despotism against the Palestinians.


    I must add from all my reading of Israeli and American Jewish writers that it is not the Israeli Pulbic nor the average American Jewish citizen who is at fault, IT IS A MINORITY who happen to be the leaders in Israel doing the damage.

    Our US leaders need to develop some spine and say no the the many AIPAC written and pushed policies, bills and legislation where Israel and Palestine are concerned. but don't look for that to happen as long as money from their Lobby and associates are involved. Because our bought and paid for leaders from both parties are at fault for this ongoing tragedy. Sadly it is also heading us toward yet another war just like with Iraq, only this time with Iran.


    I have a son and nephews in the military and this is why I have done my best to become informed from all sides on this Middle East Adventurism. To large degree a lot of this is truely over oil where the wars are concerned, but it is exacerbated by the Israeli Leadership for their interests also.