Ahmadinejad at the UN: US the real nuclear threat
CSMonitor Online / Howard LaFranchi
03-May-2010 (one comment)

United Nations, New York

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad condemned the United States and Israel as two of the world’s “real” nuclear threats and called for nuclear energy to be shared with all countries in his speech at a major United Nations nuclear non-proliferation conference Monday.

Barely mentioning his own country’s nuclear program – which international experts and Western powers suspect is aimed at producing a nuclear weapon – the controversial Iranian leader hammered at one of his signature themes: that the world’s nuclear powers are determined to “monopolize” nuclear technology as a means of power and domination over the world’s nuclear have-nots.

Declaring that Iran is “a great nation that does not need nuclear bombs for its development and does not need them for its sense of honor,” Mr. Ahmadinejad called on countries “who do see nuclear weapons as a source of power and dignity” to abandon “thinking that belongs to the past and is not valid any more.”

Ahmadinejad was one of the first speakers at the opening session Monday of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference, a once-every-five-years event that seeks to update and strengthen the 40 year-old NPT. The treaty’s 189 signatory countries will be in session throughout the month of May hearing proposals on the NPT’s three pillars: nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation, and the equitable access to nuclear energy technology... >>>

Dan Huck

Blatant Reporting Error Mocks Ahmadinejad

by Dan Huck on

Note to the CSMonitor:
Regarding the Ahmadinejad story this evening:
Mr. LaFranchi perhaps is unaware of the 'major caveat' whereby the US reserves the 'right?' to use a nuclear weapon for the Iranian exception referred to in Mr. Lubold's article less than a month ago.
You might consider Mr. LaFranchi correcting his story.

Ahmadinejad at the UN: US the real nuclear threat
By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / May 3, 2010
Mr. LaFranchi writes: "In an odd reference to the Obama administration’s recent Nuclear Posture Review – which for the first time establishes that the US will not use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, The Iranian leader said, “The US continues to threaten the use of its nuclear weapons against other countries, including mine.”
That would seem to suggest that Iran already has a nuclear weapon."

Not really, Mr. LaFranchi. See your associate's article in the Monitor twenty six days ago.

Obama puts new limits on US use of nuclear weapons
by Gordon Lubold, Staff writer / April 6, 2010
Mr. Lubold writes: "The NPR dictates that the US will not use a nuclear weapon against a non-nuclear state. . . . (That) pledge also includes a major caveat that gives the new policy plenty of wiggle room: the US still reserves the right to use a nuclear weapon against any country if it is not in compliance with “nonproliferation obligations” under international agreement, which means an attack against a country such as Iran."