Big powers set to respond if Iran addresses nuclear concerns: Kerry

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Iran has no nuclear weapons and is a signatory to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and subject to inspection by the IAEA.

Israel has an undeclared arsenal estimated to contain up to 400 nuclear warheads and refuses to sign the NPT or be subject to inspection by the IAEA.

Who would you trust?

Feb 08, 2013 4:03pm EST  --  Report as abuse
sjfella wrote:

No one.

Feb 08, 2013 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
USAPragmatist wrote:

@douglasReed100, personally I do not trust either. So what is your point?

Feb 08, 2013 4:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
OzBolts wrote:

1) Iran has not been forthcoming nor completely cooperative with regards to said inspections.
2) We already know Israel’s intentions (for good or ill) and they do not include a show of nuclear force.
3) The NPT feels about as useful as the UN in general.
4) International relations … why do you need to trust either?

I should elaborate on #4. The US and UK may as well show as much trust as they can (without being blind) to Israel. If they have nuclear capacity, then the US and UK, in all likelihood, originally gave it to them.

Aside from that, Israel and Iran could not be more diametrically opposed in agendas. Consider that part of Iran’s stated raison-d’etre, as per their Gov’ts decrees, involves the annihilation of Israel.

And don’t think for a moment that Iran has the Palestinian’s best interests in mind. They have frequently used the beleaguered people as tools to exact their Israeli agenda, while offering little to no other practical support. They use their “own” as pawns.

The question really does have to be asked: is the middle-east (and world) a safer place with a nation like Iran holding the nuclear trump, or is it less safe?

But, as long as Iran SAYS they’re being good (while showing off their uranium enrichment facilities on their terms) then why question things, right?

Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.

Feb 08, 2013 6:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

“The United States, and its allies, suspect Iran is using its civilian program as a cover to develop nuclear weapons”

How long has this been going on?

Feb 08, 2013 6:24pm EST  --  Report as abuse
usagadfly wrote:

The point DouglasReed100 is making is that the USA does not hold Israel to the same standard as Iran. Or anyone else for that matter. To expect Israel to play by international rules is “anti-semitic”, you know.

And frankly everyone knows that the conditions for Israel to accept Iran is for all Iranians to commit suicide in front of video cameras. It simply is not going to happen and to pretend otherwise is hypocritical as well as naive.

Our great great grandchildren will still be guarding Israel at this rate.

Feb 08, 2013 6:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Kerry is new on the job and repeats the same stupid comment that Hillary used to make: “They have to prove to the world that [their nuclear program] is peaceful.”

Does simple-minded Kerry understand that there is no possible way that Iran can prove that its nuclear work is peaceful? What would be a proof? The utter stupidity of this demand is unbelievable.

Feb 08, 2013 8:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Alexander-SPb wrote:

I would advice Iran leaders to put more intellectual resources (maybe even taking some clever people from their nuclear program for a time to assist these efforts) to advanced theological (that is, Islamic) studies. This way they may achieve spectacular breakthrough in interpretation of their fundamental guidelines within current context – thus finding proper theological grounds for recognition of Israel and making some kind of peace with it. (I guess that this will surprise the whole world – much more that rockets and other second-hand technologies).

Feb 08, 2013 8:32pm EST  --  Report as abuse
fromthecenter wrote:

What if Iran says ‘ ok, we will give you full access to our facilities if Israel does the same?’.

Feb 08, 2013 9:01pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boreal wrote:

Iran’s nuclear program is inspected to death. Shouldn’t Israel enjoy the same privileges?

Feb 08, 2013 10:11pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Alexander-SP: You are mad. Recognition of Israel has nothing to do with religion. About 20,000 Jews live in Iran with no problems. The problems are simply the apartheid nature of Israel and the fact the Israel oppresses Palestinians and steals their land. Religion is irrelevant.

Feb 09, 2013 12:17am EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:


Over 200,000 Iranian Jews live in Israel.

From Wikipedia:

“Today, only 8,756 Persian Jews remain in Iran, with much larger diaspora populations living in Israel and the United States.”

It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

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Feb 09, 2013 12:27pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Logical123 wrote:

Harry079: The Wikipedia is not the final authority on the subject. There are lots of other publications that list the number from 20,000 or 25,000. It is really not relevant. They still have a representative in the Iranian parliament. The fewer the number, it means that they are getting a bigger piece of the pie since there is one representative for about 200,000 Persians (don’t hold me to this figure).

Besides Jews, many others, including Persians and Armenians emigrated out of Iran after the revolution. It doesn’t mean anything. You miss the point. I was pointing out that the opposition of Iran to Israel has nothing to do with religion.

Feb 09, 2013 2:33pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Harry079 wrote:

Point taken.

Feb 09, 2013 3:35pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sim_Lash wrote:

OzBolt has been watching too much US media. Iran has adhered to every legal requirement and has allowed multiple inspections to military compounds as well.

Even US military intelligence has stated that there is no evidence that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. There is no evidence that Iran will start any military action. Iran hasn’t invaded another country in over 100 years unlike Israel. Iran has pushed for a nuclear weapon-free Middle East, which Israel & the US do not agree with.

Germany, the home of the Nazis, has nuclear plants. Iran, who has thousands of Jews living there peacefully, isn’t trusted by the west even though there is no evidence to show otherwise. The west has no fear of nuclear armed Iran. They just want control of the region. That’s why they overthrew a democratically elected govt and installed a dictator shah. The west has no morals or etiquette.

Feb 10, 2013 9:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
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