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Iran has repeatedly dismissed allegations over its nuclear activities, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
Press TV has conducted an interview with James Fetzer, professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota, from Madison, to further discuss the issue.
The following is a rough transcription of the interview.
Press TV: Let me ask you, as our guest Mr. Nader Baqerzadeh talked about this uranium enrichment, some reports suggested the P5+1 have proposed Iran to actually suspend its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent in return for future sanctions. Is that a fair offer? Do you think that Tehran is actually going to accept that?
Fetzer: No, it’s not a fair offer, and Iran is perfectly entitled to enrichment up to 20 percent for the sake of certain types of nuclear energy related to medical research, for example.
I thought the introduction to this program was simply brilliant, and the observation that the United States has used nuclear weapons since Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially depleted uranium throughout Iraq which is, of course, coating the Tigris and the Euphrates valley, the home of the mythical Garden of Eden, is shameful in and of itself.
Interviews I have conducted with Christopher Busby, a Scottish scientist who’s been studying Fallujah and the effects of the American attacks on genetics, have revealed that one-quarter of Iraqi pregnancies are resulting in still births or miscarriages, and that three-quarters of those born live have severe genetic defects. [This] is reflective of the fact that the United States has been using enriched-uranium weapons in Iraq.
I’m increasingly convinced that the whole “to-do” about Iran developing nuclear weapons, which it’s declared to have no interest in doing, is disinformation campaign intended to distract attention from the fact that the United States has been using enriched-uranium nuclear weapons in Iraq with devastating consequences for the population there.
Press TV: Regarding the NPT, let’s look at what happened with NATO and the conference they had, the summit. The leaders just signed off on a high-profile review of NATO’s deterrence posture that maintains actual nuclear weapons as a key means of deterrence. Isn’t that in violation of the NPT? Doesn’t that break into the picture the credibility of these countries who are involved here?
Fetzer: Yes, it’s completely hypocritical. The United States is actually using enriched-uranium weapons in Iraq.
Israel has 200-600 of these little beauties. Israel has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Israel has not allowed inspectors.
In fact, we have here in the United States the political complication that Senators Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham are sponsoring legislation that would entitle the administration to take any action it deems appropriate against any country that has the “capability” of developing nuclear weapons.
That term “capability” is not defined and could cover even the theoretical knowledge possessed by physicists on the faculties of their universities who could have that knowledge that might enable it to be done if it could be implemented technologically.
Twenty-percent enrichment is a far different manner than the 80-percent or greater enrichment required for nuclear weapons. The order of magnitude is enormous.
All of this business, I am convinced, has a great deal more to do with Iran selling oil in multiple currencies and no longer supporting the dollar. Think of what happened to Saddam Hussein in Iraq when they abandoned the petro-dollar, or Muammar Gaddafi in Libya when they proposed to go to the gold dinar.
There are economic aspects of this that are driving the agenda, but the political dimension in the United States has to be factored in as well.