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Israel and the futility of attacking Iran

Posted by alanmirs on July 18, 2011

Foreign Policy Journal

by Kourosh Ziabari

July 18, 2011

Political journalist and media correspondent Kourosh Ziabari recently conducted an interview with Abolghasem Bayyenat (an independent political analyst and a contributing writer for Foreign Policy Journal) for Veterans Today, which covers various aspects of Iran’s nuclear issue. Below is the complete text of that interview. (Also see the related interview with FPJ editor Jeremy R. Hammond here.)

Kourosh Ziabari: The past decade has been witness to unending and unremitting clash between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program. The West has constantly accused Iran of trying to build nuclear bombs while Tehran has persistently denied the allegation. What do you think about the nature of Iran’s nuclear program? Why has it become so controversial and contentious? We already know that there are four nations in the world, who are not signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, but nobody in the international community pressures them to halt their nuclear program and nobody investigates their nuclear arsenals. Why Iran is being singled out?

Abolghasem Bayyenat: Iran’s nuclear program is driven by two major factors. The most important factor is genuine domestic need for electric power generation. Iran’s fossil fuel reserves have been fast depleting over the past few decades in light of the growing domestic consumption caused by population growth, ongoing industrialization and economic development in Iran. The prospect of full depletion of fossil fuel reserves motivated Iranian leaders to seek alternative sources of energy. Nuclear power presented itself as the most reliable alternative source of energy for Iran, given its sustainability and tested performance in developed countries.

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