Iran Energy Sanctions

A Nuclear Iran –Words and Intent

Prime Minster Stephen Harper:

“I’ve been very outspoken for some time, warning not just Canadians, but our allies, that Iran was on this course, that they were determined to pursue it no matter what. And we believed and continue to believe that they’re not being truthful about all of their activities… And of course, the events of the last few days just underline those facts, and underline the grave threat that the government in Tehran does pose to international peace and security.” [1] (September 28, 2009) 

Former Prime Minister Paul Martin:

“…This call for genocide coupled with Iran’s obvious nuclear ambitions is a matter that the world cannot ignore. And Iran must know, in no uncertain terms, that the free nations of the world will not tolerate its intransigence.” [2]

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameini:

Khameini explained to Former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Aznar “why Iran must declare war on Israel and the United States until they are completely destroyed.” [3]

“A nuclear arsenal would serve Iran as a deterrent in the hands of God’s soldiers.” [4]

Former Iranian President Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani:

“…The use of even one nuclear bomb inside Israel will destroy everything. However, it will only harm the Islamic world. It is not irrational to contemplate such an eventuality.” [5]

“We should fully equip ourselves in the defensive and offensive use of chemical, bacteriological, and radiological weapons.” [6]

Abdollah Ramezanzadeh, Spokesman for Former President Katami:

“We should prove to the entire world that we want power plants for electricity. Afterwards, we can proceed with other activities… We had an overt policy, which was one of negotiation and confidence building, and a covert policy, which was continuation of the activities.” [7]

Hossein Shariatmadari:

(the Supreme Leader‘s representative in the Kayhan Institute and Chief Editor of the Kayhan Daily)

“A country that has attained the knowledge and technology of uranium enrichment is only one step away from producing nuclear weapons. This [additional] step is not a scientific or a technical step, but a matter of political decision.” [8]

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