Babak Yektafar: El Baradei's statement will not change minds of those who
want to confront Iran
This week, chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed El Baradei
stated that Iran lacks the materials to develop a nuclear weapon. Even if Iran
removes itself from the Non-Proliferation Treaty, El Baradei said it will not
have enough low-enriched uranium to create a weapon.
This information contrasts a recent report by the US' National Intelligence
Estimate that claims Iran is 'years away' from acquiring nuclear weapons. A
statement acknowledged by the United Nations, the European Union and the United
The RealNews spoke with Babak Yektafar, editor-in-chief at the
washingtonprism.org. Yektafar thinks the US should distinguish its problems
with Iran as being either nuclear or regime-related. If the US is truly
concerned with Iran's nuclear capabilities, Yektafar says this can be solved
without the 'hoopla'. Iran, he argues, should be treated by the US as a
country, and not as the illegitimate state it is framed to be.