“We do not see any glory, pride or power in the nuclear weapons, quite the opposite,” [Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi,] said, adding that on the basis of a religious decree issued by Ayatollah Khamenei, “the production possession, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons are illegitimate, futile, harmful, dangerous and prohibited as a great sin.”
He said the existence of nearly 23,000 nuclear weapons in the world posed “the gravest threat” to sustainable international security and that as long as they existed there would always be a risk of their use and proliferation.
I agree with him, frankly. No one should have the power to completely obliterate a sizable chunk of the planet, yet that’s exactly what many countries are fighting to keep as their own exclusive right. The only reason the prospect of Iranian nuclear weapons isn’t causing a massive panic is that the western world already has thousands of them, and so the threat of “you try anything and we’ll explode the shit out of you” offers some buffer of comfort. Mutual destruction is still what passes as security these days.
Now, obviously, this won’t make a fig of difference to anyone who’s convinced that Iran is the biggest threat to America since rock ‘n’ roll and free negroes. Which makes diplomacy rather difficult, really. If one side is convinced that the other is lying, then discussions are instantly rendered impossible. You can’t engage in diplomacy with someone who distrusts everything you say.
Which isn’t to say I believe what this guy is saying, necessarily. Just that this is another layer that’s gonna have to be taken into account before we start beating the war drums again.