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Haroot, Tehran

Iranians discuss their country's nuclear programme and the international stand-off over the issue.


I don't think Iran needs nuclear energy. We are floating on a vast oil and gas reserve
Age: 47
Occupation: Translator
Location: Tehran

It makes me sad when I hear other people defending Ahmadinejad's nuclear programme.

Most people in Iran are more focussed on the fall-out of the election, with the deaths on the streets, people in custody and farcical show-trials.

I don't think Iran needs nuclear energy. We are floating on a vast oil and gas reserve. We have an abundance of solar energy which we could harness.

It comes down to this question: what's best for Iran right now? Nuclear power? Or a fair attempt at gaining the international community's trust?

Sanctions could lead to long queues at petrol stations and further rationing and more irate Iranian motorists. But I do believe that people would blame our government, rather than the international community.

Mr Ahmadinejad is about as stable as dynamite.

He believes that his government must prepare for the coming of the Mehdi, the 12th imam of the Shia faith. People believe his coming will signal the coming of Armageddon. This apocalyptic view makes me worry that his nuclear intentions are not rational.

And the discovery of Iran's second enrichment plant is further proof of the real intentions of the religious dictatorship: to become a nuclear power.



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