Time running out to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue: Obama

Time running out to resolve Iran’s nuclear issue: Obama

Seoul : South Korea | Mar 26, 2012 at 8:48 AM PDT
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President Barack Obama has once again reiterated his resolve to settle the issue of Iran’s nuclear program through dialogue and negotiations. The president told students of different educational institutions during an address to them in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, that Iran could be given access to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes but it is possible only after dialogue. He said the international community could give some relaxations to Iran if the country assures not to build nuclear weapons.

Iran has been saying for the last couple of years that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, while Israel and the west believe the country is working hard to develop atomic bomb under the garb of nuclear energy. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said recently that his country would continue with the nuclear program as it was meant for nuclear energy and medical research. Iranian officials are still adamant to continue their nuclear program despite pressure and sanctions from the international community.

The United States and European Union have recently slapped some tough economic sanctions on Iran in a bid to pressure the country to withhold its controversial nuclear program. The Iranian president, however, says the sanctions have failed to damage Iran's economy and the country will continue the nuclear program without any hindrance. President Obama, however, said for the first time in Seoul that Iran could be allowed access to nuclear energy if the country addresses concerns of the international community.

Supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Khamenei has also repeatedly said the country is not developing nuclear weapons. In one of his speeches, he even termed the atomic bomb against the teachings of Islam and Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He has repeatedly assured the international community the country will never build nuclear weapons.

Iran has also never allowed access to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to its controversial nuclear sites for inspection, ultimately leading to suspicion.

A number of questions arise in one’s mind that if nuclear program of Iran is for peaceful purpose then why the country is reluctant to allow access to IAEA to the nuclear sites? What is forcing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to resort to rhetoric against Israel and US in his speeches and statements? Intelligence Agencies of United States and Israel have said Iran is still far from developing nuclear weapons. In their secret reports, the spying agencies say it will still take five to ten years for Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

President Obama has been trying to resolve the issue through diplomatic means despite criticism from his Republican rivals. Israel has also been pushing the Obama administration to attack nuclear sites of Iran.

Let's hope the sanity prevails in Iran and the country starts trying to address concerns of the international community.

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U.S. President Obama pauses during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul
U.S. President Obama pauses during a meeting with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev before the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul
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