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Cleric Warns U.S. EU: Iran Has ‘Nuclear Rights’

Posted by kinchendavid on August 22, 2006

By  Jim Kouri

A well respected Iranian cleric claims that Iran won’t  give up its right to peaceful nuclear technology.  He warned that Iran is prepared to defend that right “to the last drop of blood.”

Ahmad Khatami, Tehran‘s Prayer Leader, made his remarks in a speech to thousands of worshipers, the official IRNA news agency reported.

Khatami was quoted as saying that all parties and political wings in the country were unanimous over the government’s efforts to defend Iran‘s “nuclear rights”.

“Westerners should know that in the case of Iran’s nuclear energy, they are not facing a party and wing, rather they are encountered by a nation which has risen up to defend its inalienable rights to the last drop of its blood,” Khatami told the worshipers.

Tehran is working to build nuclear fuel cycle, which necessitates a uranium enrichment process. It’s also a process able to produce material for nuclear weapons. The European Union has demanded that the Iranians stop working on nuclear fuel cycle construction. The EU is attempting to get Iran to sign on to a Russian proposal, which lets Iran conduct uranium conversion activities in exchange for the country’s transfer of its enrichment process to the Russians.

It is this measure preventing the Iranian government from obtaining nuclear technology crucial to making atom bombs. So far, the Iranians have rejected the proposal.

The United States, based on intelligence reports, continues to claim that Iran is indeed developing nuclear weapons secretly, a charge rejected by Iranian officials as “politically motivated.”


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Jim Kouri  is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s a former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. Kouri has appeared as on-air commentator for more than 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc.  His book “Assume The Position” is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.U.S.



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