Iran's nuke ambitions go back to Iraq war


Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, former Supreme Leader of Iran, wrote in 1988 that Iranian military leaders were seeking nuclear weapons, according to a letter released Saturday by former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Khomeini reportedly sent the letter to political leaders during the Iran-Iraq War. In it, he describes why he was forced to agree to a cease-fire which, as he described it, was like "drinking poison."

In the letter, he quotes military leaders who had urged him to stop the war unless the army was equipped with advanced weapons systems including fighter planes, helicopters, and laser-guided missiles.

The officers also told him, he wrote, that if Iran wished to win the war and not reach a cease-fire, it should obtain nuclear weapons, a process which could take five years.

This is the first time an official document has come from Iran indicating the country's interest in achieving nuclear capability, a charge the government consistently denies.

Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) discovered that Iran began a nuclear program 19 years ago, and since then has violated its international obligations by failing to report its acquisition of materials and equipment used for developing nuclear arms.

The letter may have been released as part of a power struggle, but it is more evidence of what the leaderships true intest is when it comes to nukes. It is interestin that Iran along with al Qaeda have latched on to the Dem's deceitful "Bush lied" meme, but the evidence is clear that they have been lying about this program for years.


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