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“Non-Aligned” Nations Are Behind Iranian Nukes

From the Washington Times:

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, shakes hands with North Korea’s No. 2, parliament leader Kim Yong Nam. during the inauguration ceremony of the 14h Nonaligned Summit in Havana, Cuba.

Anti-U.S. allies back Iran nukes

September 17, 2006

From combined dispatches

HAVANA — Developing countries yesterday wrapped up a multinational summit with North Korea charging that U.S. threats drove it to acquire deterrent atomic weapons and Iran winning solid support for its nuclear ambitions.

Iran, Venezuela and Cuba joined North Korea in leading efforts to forge an anti-U.S. alliance. Summit leaders, in a statement on Iran, "reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes."

They warned that any attack or threat against any nuclear facility used for peaceful purposes was a violation of international law.

North Korea took the opportunity to assail the United States for unilateral actions against individual countries and called for a revitalization of the 118-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

"The United States is attempting to deprive other countries of even their legitimate right to peaceful nuclear activities," said North Korea’s second-ranking leader, Kim Yong-nam.

Mr. Kim blamed Washington for "threatening Korea using all sorts of maneuvers, accusing it of being part of an ‘Axis of Evil.’"

He added: "Korea has nuclear arms as a deterrent to firmly guarantee the peace and security of the Korean Peninsula and the region." …

Leaders took turns on the podium to decry global poverty, unfair trade practices and "arbitrary" actions by the United States and other powerful nations that they complained controlled the United Nations…

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, with his penchant for banter and controversy, dominated the summit opening Friday, pledging support for Iran if it is attacked by the United States…

The summit brought together some states not only impatient with what they see as a U.S.-dominated United Nations, but eager to strengthen the NAM as an alternative and to foster cooperation within the Third World.

"The United States is turning the Security Council into a platform for imposing its policies. … We should reinforce NAM, and it should play its role more efficiently," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Friday at the summit.

Shocking, isn’t it?

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