Tuesday 17 October 2017

Con Coughlin: Iran's atom-bomb obsession puts it on collision course with West

Con Coughlin

For a country riven by violent political, religious and social divisions, the one issue that is guaranteed to unite Iran's 75 million citizens is their country's inalienable right to build an atom bomb.

The oft-repeated Iranian caveat that its ambitions are peaceful, and that Iran is focused solely on the development of nuclear power, rather than building weapons, now looks increasingly threadbare.

Publication of this week's uncompromising report by the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the first time accused Iran of trying to acquire a nuclear weapons arsenal.

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