AFP – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted on Monday that his country has the “absolute right” to enrich uranium on its soil, ISNA news agency reported.
“The mastery of civil nuclear technology, including the enrichment of uranium, on Iranian soil is the absolute right of Iran,” Zarif said at a meeting in Tehran with the visiting Swiss deputy foreign minister, Yves Rossier.
Not to make bombs with, of course, of course. Just because it’s nice to have a few tons of the stuff lying around.
Actually, though, the guy is right. Iran is a sovereign nation. As such, they do have the right to do anything they damned well please in terms of their military, as long as they don’t mount aggressions beyond their borders. Of course, if we’d destroyed their regime when they were masterminding the slaughter of hundreds of Americans in Iraq, we wouldn’t be having this debate today. But we didn’t, and so we are.