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What Do Ordinary Iranians Think About Their Nuclear Program?

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (center) inspects the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran. (file photo)
Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (center) inspects the Natanz nuclear facility in central Iran. (file photo)

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What do Iranians think about their country’s nuclear program? Amid talk of possible Israeli military strikes and more tough international sanctions, Iranians inside and outside the country have gotten in touch with RFE/RL’s Radio Farda via phone and e-mail to give their views on their country's controversial nuclear program. Here's a sample.

"Iran is playing for time while trying to acquire nuclear weapons. It won’t acquire them, but it is creating trouble for itself and the world. The more time you give this regime, the greater treason you have committed against humanity."

"Is it possible to be Iranian and not want nuclear energy? Nuclear energy has become a matter of prestige, even if we have to pay a price for it. You have access to nuclear energy; it’s our right, too. Yes, we want a nuclear bomb. Who wants to stop us?"

"In my view, there is nothing wrong with using nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. But given the policies of the Islamic republic, there is no guarantee that Iran’s uranium-enrichment activities are peaceful, and the concern of the international community is understandable."

"Why [shouldn’t we have a nuclear weapon]? If we had had one, the [1980-88] war with Iraq would have never happened."

"Europe and the United States would never accept an advanced Muslim country [with nuclear arms]. Israel has a nuclear bomb and it’s not a member of the [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty], but no one does anything about that. In the nuclear issue, Europe and the U.S. are imposing their will on Iran. The United Nations is under their control. It’s the law of the jungle."

"I read reports that the U.S. intelligence community believes Iran has not made a decision to produce a nuclear bomb. But I believe that Iran should not only have nuclear weapons, but should also possess all advanced weapons that are available in the world. Iran should regain the glory it had 2,500 years ago."

"The Iranian regime needs a nuclear bomb for self-preservation. Like North Korea, it doesn’t matter if [that causes] famine."

"It’s very easy for Iranian politicians to fool the United States. [Authorities] say Iran hasn’t made a decision to build a nuclear weapon? So all the shouts and cries and the heavy [economic] costs are only for producing electricity?! Just wait for an underground test and then appoint a special envoy for the talks, as you did for North Korea."

"I believe nuclear weapons should be on Iran’s agenda because of the region where Iran is located and countries such as Pakistan, India, and Israel have nuclear weapons, although I am against the costs. Iran is facing difficult economic conditions and only ordinary people are paying the costs. Sanctions and pressure is not the way to go. If you’re really after pressuring the government, you should inform the people such as myself how to stand against this regime. People are not just based in big cities; you should reach out to people in villages."

"I think all of it is just a big game on the part of the West and also Iran. In the name of [the threat from Iran] they’re giving every year billions of dollars of arms to Iran’s neighboring countries, and Iran is creating trouble for the whole world while no one cares. In general, only ordinary people are paying the price...unfortunately."

"As long as Western countries want to have the monopoly over nuclear technology, there will be countries that will stand against them. Therefore, Iran is right not to accept the monopoly. But if one day a nuclear bank is created and the West gives up its monopoly to a certain extent, then other countries can be asked to back off and not go after nuclear technology."

"Iranian leaders should be prevented from acquiring nuclear weapons. Their [claim] of spirituality with their desire for power and wealth will only result in war and destruction."

Translated by Golnaz Esfandiari
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by: Here now from: USA
March 07, 2012 07:11
Iranians will never build the bomb...they are not stupid.
They want to have the capability and technology to be a supplier of nuclear fuel rods for the world. but the powers to be do not like competetions in the future monopoly of energy.
all the political jokeying are aimed at controlling the future energy market.

by: Sey from: World
March 07, 2012 07:39
Iran is like that really irritating boy we who are teachers have to deal with everyday. You tell him to shut up and be quiet, but we won't, and will start rattling louder and louder. You tell him he's gonna get punished unless he's quiet, but he will just scream louder.

Eventually a stronger kid comes and forces him to be quiet.
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by: Mike from: World
March 07, 2012 14:02
It is interesting how you like using force to silence people you don't agree with. You wouldn't like it very much if it were the other way around.
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by: Sey from: World
March 07, 2012 15:55
I'm not saying force must be used, I'm actually completely against it.

I'm just saying that is how the situation's going right now, Iran seems to want to irritate the West by keeping its inflammatory comments about its nuclear program, even though other countries have already asked it to stop doing it because it will only get worst for them. But Iran keeps doing it, each time it seems with more determination to irritate and cause controversy.

Eventually, with or without reason, some very irritated country will want to get back at Iran.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2012 08:10
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 07, 2012 08:37
VIDEO - 'Israel saber-rattles at Iran hoping for tougher sanctions': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkXUvtdM6fk&feature=autoplay&list=UUpwvZwUam-URkxB7g4USKpg&lf=plcp&playnext=4

by: Bill Webb from: Phoenix Arizona USA
March 07, 2012 15:03
Any one of a number of countries could have used nuclear weapons against Iran but they all can be trusted not to use them. The goal is not to annialate Iran, it is to keep the islamo-fascists from making nuclear weapons to begin with and supplying them to any of a number of terrorist organizations, none of whom can be trusted not to use them. Uranium enrichment is no longer necessary for energy production or creating medical isotopes. The only goal can be weapons deveopment which will not be allowed in any case. Using conventional weapons, Iran can quickly be reduced to rubble, but that would not benefit anyone.Ceasing uranium enrichment would end the standoff immediately.

by: Dariush from: Glasgow
March 08, 2012 04:19
How many people have gotten in touch with Farda via phone or email? From what I can see only 26 people commented on Frada's web !
How many of those comments were selectively translated? You conviniently missed comments about Israel.
This is a charade and also an absurd pretence to give a rediculous message to English-speaking people. Anyone with a grain of knowledge about polling and marketing can see that reporting excerpts of 12 messages out of a total of 26 is a very poor sample. May God grant you and your editor wisdom !
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by: Davood from: London
March 13, 2012 03:31
You are right. The title of this report should be "What Do 12 Iranians Think About Their Nuclear Program?".

by: Ali from: Spain
March 13, 2012 12:29
Iranians have such an inferiority complex, as their obsession with nuclear power indicates; the Germans and Japanese want out but we embrace nuclear power to show Iran's "modernity." Who will be responsible for the radioactive consequences of an earthquake? Nobody of course, they'll make up some cock-and-bull story - it is not like lives matter there. This is a vain and foolish nation with a gift for making flawed choices at historical junctures. They idolized that charlatan Mosaddeq, then the Ayatollah, then turned the country upside down just to be rid of the Shah; now they want nuclear power plants in a seismic zone. A lot of macho crap - incidently how many of those opinions were women's?
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by: Morad from: Prague
March 18, 2012 02:54
Ali from Spain or should I say a RFE/RL's anti-Iran staff - you obviously hate Iran. It is your choice but educate yourself and learn about the country before coming up with nonsensical comments. Calling Mosaddeq a charlatan shows the height of your ignorance.
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by: Ali from: Spain
March 18, 2012 18:01
This reply will make think twice next time I am tempted to comment on this or other news forums. It is as superficial as most Iranians and their blessed Mosaddeq. I hate Iran because I don't want nuclear power plants there? I have yet to meet an admirer of Mosaddeq or member of the Iranian Left (they usually seem to go together) who was not a social, cultural and political imbecile. They are like the admirers of Allende, Daniel Ortega and the Castros. The Mosaddeq brigade, like conniving, spineless criminals, helped hand Iran over to these gangsters in 1979 - did they really love Iran?
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by: Morad from: Prague
March 20, 2012 02:22
Ali, if that is your real name - having read you comment and reply, I am convinced that you do need help. In the new Iranian year, I wish you speedy recovery. Until then, may I suggest that you take it easy and do not give us that old codswallop !

by: arash from: UK
March 14, 2012 17:25
The Iranian regime is constantly lying by pretending that the Iranian people agree with its nuclear policy. Not even newspapers or media in Iran (which are all under the control of the dictatorship) or even the regime's leaders critical of the programme are allowed to talk about the nuclear programme of the regime. Even the regime's parliament is not allowed to discuss the serious aspects of the programme including the policiesو aims and its expenditure, etc.

by: Gerald Wright from: London England
March 16, 2012 15:24
The press in the west and Israel seem to be counting down to war with Iran,and it is being encouraged by some US Politicians,the rhetoric is the same as the build up to war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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