Chomsky: Americans back nuclear Iran
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US intellectual Noam Chomsky slams the media coverage of Iran's nuclear work, saying Americans back the civilian use of the technology. Avram Noam Chomsky, the prominent American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author and MIT professor, made the remarks in an interview with IRNA. He said that although Iran is backed by the 118-member Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) over its nuclear activities, Western media continues to claim that the world is united against the country's uranium enrichment activities. "That's a funny definition of the 'world'," said Chomsky. Contrary to the findings of the UN nuclear watchdog, the US, Israel and their European allies allege that Iran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans to develop nuclear weaponry. The UN body said in its September 15 report that it could not find any 'components of a nuclear weapon' or 'related nuclear physics studies' in Iran.
Chomsky said while no one argues Iran should have nuclear weapons, "Most Americans confirm that Iran is entitled to enrich uranium." Prior to the financial crisis, the White House, pressured by its allies in Tel Aviv, had long threatened to launch strikes against nuclear installations in Iran should the country continue with its nuclear program. "Most Americans disagree with the foreign policies adopted by the US president. They reject any conflict; they want negotiations and exercising diplomacy with Iran," said Chomsky. According to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll, only 10 percent of Americans would support a military action against Iran. This is while, more than 60 percent of the participants, who took part in the polling process from Aug 24 to Sep 21, want the current administration to engage Iran with diplomacy. Chomsky also touched on the prospect of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Washington - which was severed in 1979 -, saying that a relationship could 'improve the overall situation' in the volatile Middle East. A hostile stance toward Tehran is the direct result of Iran's refusal 'to subordinate itself to the US will', according to Chomsky. "Iran is an independent power. It is defiant of the US and that's not tolerated," he said. MD/HGH
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