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Iran's Nuclear Energy, At What Price?

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

A very rare public questioning of Iran’s nuclear policies has emerged in the form of sprayed paint on a wall in Iran. The graffito in the color of the green opposition movement reads; “Nuclear energy, at what price?"

“Nuclear energy, at what price?"

A picture of the graffito was first posted on the Facebook page of the opposition “Sepidedam” website.

Soheil Parhizi, the managing editor of “Sepidedam” confirmed to “Persian Letters” that the picture was sent to him by opposition activists in the Iranian city of Mashad.

Parhizi said he believes that the public protest appears to be a sign of growing discontent over the increasingly difficult life ordinary Iranians are facing as the result of sanctions the country is facing due to its disputed nuclear activities.

Last month, Abdollah Nuri, a former interior minister of Iran and a respected reformist cleric, called on political leaders to hold a referendum on the fate of the country's controversial nuclear program.

Nouri said that the "ill-effects, disadvantages, and pressure" that Iran is experiencing over its nuclear activities have passed the acceptable limit.

Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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