IRAN FEARS FOR ITS NUCLEAR SITES

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  1. C.R. Gordon

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    IRAN FEARS FOR ITS NUCLEAR SITES

    Iran reacted strongly Tuesday to speculations that Israel is
    planning to attack Iranian nuclear facilities within the year. The
    secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Hassan
    Rowhani, said he did not believe that Israel would "execute this
    stupid action", but warned that Iran was prepared to fully
    retaliate if Israel did try anything.

    In 1981, Israel made a preemptive airstrike on Iraq's Osirak
    nuclear reactor, destroying the facility before it could be
    completed, and Iran fears Israel may have similar plans for Iranian
    sites. Iran has repeatedly insisted that its nuclear program is for
    peaceful, energy purposes only. However, while claiming to remain
    open to nuclear inspectors and to be fully cooperating with the
    International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has bumped heads
    several times with the IAEA. In mid-March the IAEA condemned Iran
    failing to reveal sensitive nuclear information to IAEA inspectors,
    and the U.S. and Israel have both remained suspicious of Iran's
    true nuclear intentions. Especially considering the covert support
    Iran has given to terrorist activities.

    In April, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said that Iran remained a
    major threat to Israel, "maybe the main existential threat." He and
    U.S. President George Bush discussed Iran at their most recent
    meetings. After the closed-door talks, Bush made it clear he had no
    desire for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons.

    Iran once again warned Israel against trying to destroy Iranian
    nuclear plants, saying it was well-equipped to fight back. "Israel
    knows that if such an incident happens, it will face a very strong
    response from us," said Rowhani. In December, Defense Minister Ali
    Shamkhani said that Iran would strike Israel with long-range
    missiles if the nuclear sites were attacked.

    RELATED LINKS:

    US: Israel may strike Iranian nuclear plants - The Jerusalem Post:
    <http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satell...howFull&cid=1083998346048&p=1006688055060>

    Iran: We Retaliate If Israel Hits Our Nuclear Facilities - Ha'aretz:
    <http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/426245.html>

    Iran Warns Israel Regarding Possible Nuclear Site Attack - Al Bawaba:
    <http://www.albawaba.com/news/index.php3?sid=276652&lang=e&dir=news>

    Iran Nuclear Case Moving Toward Solution - Yahoo News:
    <http://in.news.yahoo.com/040511/137/2d0wp.html>
     
  2. Ronald

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    Let me throw this out at you all. Bush went into Iraq because he feared Saddam had weapons of mass destruction and would use them right? Well, how come we don't invade Israel for the same reason? They CERTAINLY have weapons of mass destruction and wish to use them against neighboring Arab countries if need be. Doesn't a door swing both ways?
     
  3. Hardsheller

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    Not in this case.

    They haven't supported terrorism against our allies nor have they supported terrorism against us.
     

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