The Christian Science Monitor article title draws the conclusion in its piece titled, “Ahmadinejad says he won’t rule out an Iran nuclear bomb,” from this excerpt:
In excerpts of an interview aired Thursday night on NBC News, Ahmadinejad said that “the enrichment of uranium for peaceful purposes… will never be closed down here in Iran.” When interviewer Ann Curry asked whether Iran would ever develop a nuclear weapon, Ahmadinejad said Iran had no need for such weapons.
“If nuclear weapons were influential, they would have prevented the downfall of the Soviet Union — for that matter, the downfall of the Zionist regime,” he said, referring to Israel, long believed to possess 200 nuclear weapons. “Our people have never had a need for nuclear weapons.”
“So, may I assume, then, your answer to that question is ‘no’?” Curry asked.
Again, Ahmadinejad said: “We don’t need such — we don’t have a such a need, nuclear weapons. We don’t need nuclear weapons. Without such weapons, we are very much able to defend ourselves.”
Curry pressed Ahmadinejad again on the question, noting that “people will remark that you did not say no.” He replied, “You can take from this whatever you want, madam.”
The rest of the interview has not been released yet, but from this excerpt, it’s a very far stretch to conclude that Ahmadinejad claims that Iran won’t rule out a nuclear bomb.
Despite Ahmadinejad’s inimical posture towards Israel, The Jerusalem Post is showing far greater journalistic integrity and pragmatism with the headline: “Ahmadinejad: No need for nuclear arms.”
Irancove @ September 18, 2009