Regional powers 'must give up nuclear ambitions'
Manama, May 11, 2013
Regional powers including Iran, India, Israel and Pakistan must give up their nuclear ambitions and take steps to engage in a process to eliminate nuclear weapons, said a leading expert.
"That will ensure Iran will not feel threatened and find its own nuclear weapons' ambitions too expensive and too bothersome to pursue," stated Dr Rebecca Johnson, the co-chairwoman of International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons.
"Questions are asked all the time as to what Iran would do with its nuclear programme. They say they are developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes but the world remains in doubt," she told the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication, on the sidelines of the 31st plenary session of the InterAction Council.
She said the problem is that Iran's nuclear programme is not open to outside inspection.
"They have their own regulators and own operators and there is no independent body to monitor their programme. That is where the problem is," she stated.
Johnson said other issues include developing nuclear weapons. "The use of nuclear weapons will be far more dangerous than if there was an accident at a nuclear plant, so there should be proper guidelines," she added.-TradeArabia News Service