Iran President: We'll Never Build Nuclear Weapon
Rouhani also calls war a sign of 'weakness'
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 18, 2013 6:47 PM CDT
Iranian President Hasan Rouhani in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Presidency Office, Rouzbeh Jadidoleslam)

(Newser) – If Iran's more moderate new president is to be believed, the US doesn't have to worry about Tehran pursuing nuclear weapons. “We have never pursued or sought a nuclear bomb, and we are not going to do so,” Hasan Rouhani tells Ann Curry of NBC News. “We solely are looking for peaceful nuclear technology.” He also dismissed the idea that President Obama looked weak on Syria, with words that are hard to imagine coming from predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad:

  • “We consider war a weakness. Any government or administration that decides to wage a war, we consider a weakness. And any government that decides on peace, we look on it with respect to peace.”

Of course, Iranian officials have insisted previously that they have only peaceful nuclear intentions, notes Reuters, but Rouhani's comments are seen as a further thawing of relations with the West in general and the US in particular. He described a recent letter from President Obama as "positive and constructive" and said "it could be subtle and tiny steps for a very important future." Rouhani will be in the US in less than a week to address the UN General Assembly.

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shebby777
Sep 19, 2013 11:48 AM CDT
The Euphrates River drying up (Revelation 16:12) has nothing to do with dams, but means that many nations in the region come together as one happy family who attempt to break Israel's lease, as they see it..., by whatever means. As Jesus said, "Watch."
MattB
Sep 19, 2013 11:25 AM CDT
Muslims can threaten peace & total destruction without anyone really getting bent outta shape, but let the leader of a European country call for Israel to be destroyed & he would automatically be compared to Hitler & the likes, so what makes you nuts think Islam is any different?
kawahchan
Sep 19, 2013 10:57 AM CDT
(R) 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Dear Mr. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, 1) Would you don't mind to use your influence to release our (only) one US marine corps who has been captured in Iran's prison for more than 2 years now since Obama-Clinton don't give a damn to our American POW; our American marine corps is NOT a Spy against the Iranian domestic affairs, why not set him free from Iran back home to USA ? His family want to visit Iran and bring him home together back to USA; if Mr. President Rouhani decide to set our American marine corps POW free from prison. 2) Mr. President Rouhani, when your Iranian government can contribute 2 Iran-made 4th Generation Uranium Centrifuges to Texas A&M University-College Station's Physics Labs, and one Centrifuge to Texas A&M University-Commerce's Physics Labs. 3) Once the 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY presidency to White House will renew (R) ex-President Richard M. Nixon's US-Iran Policy; on Texas A&M campuses, our US-Iran Academic-exchange program may joint-venture to develop and build an ITER planned to use Sea Water to enrich Deuterium (D) or Heavy Hydrogen (2H) to add Lithium (LI) into a system of Artificial Sun, a way to new clean energy.