17 November 2009 - “NEVER INTERRUPT YOUR OPPONENT WHEN HE’S MAKING A MISTAKE” – IRAN’S NUCLEAR PROGRAMME COULD MEET EFFECTIVE OPPOSITION AT HOME, SAYS EXPERT
The international community should refrain from putting too much pressure on Iran over its contentious nuclear programme, according to Iran expert Professor Ali Ansari. Speaking to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly convened in Edinburgh over the weekend, Professor Ansari explained that Iran’s investment in its nuclear programme is being resisted by an increasing number of Iranians, who would rather see the money put into much-needed infrastructure.
“I think people need to take the democratisation movement in
“Many Iranians are saying ‘this is absurd, we’re going down the road of the
Ansari said using terms like “Iranian nuclear aggression” was extremely unhelpful, as it strengthens the domestic appeal of the regime, and undermines the more moderate voices. Asked whether he thought the Iranian nuclear programme actually did have military ambitions, he replied that the lack of clarification from
He called for a “proper, robust but clever diplomacy” with