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Ahmadinejad Struts His Stuff in the Nuclear Showdown

Posted by alanmirs on April 19, 2010

Ahmadinejad Struts His Stuff in the Nuclear Showdown

By Andrew Lee Butters Monday, Apr. 19, 2010
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at the International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Tehran April 17, 2010


President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was pointedly left off the guest list for last week’s Washington summit on nuclear security, attended by 47 world leaders. That’s because President Barack Obama hoped to use the occasion to build support for a new round of international sanctions against Iran’s nuclear development program. But Ahmadinejad is never one to stay home waiting forlornly for the phone to ring. Instead, he staged his own nuclear disarmament "summit" in Tehran this past weekend

Under the banner "Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One", the Iranian event had a less impressive guest list than Obama’s, with no major foreign heads of state in attendance. But it did draw delegations from most of the 60 countries that had pledged to attend, despite the clouds of volcanic ash that shut down airports in Europe. Still, unlike the Washington summit, at which several deals on securing nuclear fuel stockpiles were announced, the Tehran conference yielded few concrete results. Instead, it served principally as a platform for Iranian attacks on U.S. nuclear policy in line with the disarmament requirements of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

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