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Posted on 06/02/2009 5:10:15 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER
Obama says Iran's energy concerns legitimate
By NANCY ZUCKERBROD
The Associated Press
Tuesday, June 2, 2009 3:40 PM
LONDON -- President Barack Obama reiterated that Iran may have some right to nuclear energy _ provided it takes steps to prove its aspirations are peaceful.
In a BBC interview broadcast Tuesday, Obama also restated plans to pursue direct diplomacy with Tehran to encourage it to set aside any ambitions for nuclear weapons it might harbor.
Iran has insisted its nuclear program is aimed at generating electricity. But the U.S. and other Western governments accuse Tehran of seeking atomic weapons.
"Without going into specifics, what I do believe is that Iran has legitimate energy concerns, legitimate aspirations. On the other hand, the international community has a very real interest in preventing a nuclear arms race in the region," Obama said.
The comments echo remarks Obama made in Prague last month in which he said his administration would "support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections" if Iran proves it is no longer a nuclear threat.
Iranian state television described the news as Obama recognizing the "rights of the Iranian nation," a phrase typically used to refer to Iran's nuclear program...
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Iran is an islamic state. Therefore, they are respected and held in high esteem by Barack Hussien Obama.
Who didn’t see this coming?
So, those who stayed home, tell me again, this is no worse than McCain, right?
We have always been at war with Eurasia. Eastasia is our friend.
The only explanations are evil, insane, or naively stupid.
So Iran gets a new nuke plant, but the US cannot ? With leaders like this, who needs enemies ?
The Klintrons gave nuke technology to the NORKs, and missile launch tech to the Chicoms.
Okay.....and Iran is out of petroleum? Am I missing something? They need nuclear energy because they have environmental folks shutting down their oil fields?
Don’t they have a LOT of oil? Am I wrong?
Iran is OPECs second-largest oil producer and the fourth-largest crude oil exporter in the world.
According to Oil and Gas Journal, as of January 2009, Iran has an estimated 136.2 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, or roughly 10 percent of the world’s total proven petroleum. Iran has 40 producing fields, 27 onshore and 13 offshore, with the majority of crude oil reserves located in the southwestern Khuzestan region near the Iraqi border. Iran’s crude oil is generally medium in sulfur content and in the 28°-35° API range. In 2007, Iran exported about 2.4 million bbl/d of oil, primarily to Asian and OECD Europe countries, making it the fourth largest exporter in the world.
Top Proven World Oil Reserves, January 1, 2009
The state-owned National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), under the supervision of the Ministry of Petroleum, is responsible for oil and natural gas production and exploration. The National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC), a subsidiary of NIOC, accounts for 80 percent of the local oil production covering the provinces of Khuzestan, Bushehr, Fars, and Kohkiluyeh va Boyer Ahamd. Though private ownership of upstream functions is prohibited under the Iranian constitution, the government permits buyback contracts which allow international oil companies (IOCs) to enter exploration and development through an Iranian affiliate. The contractor receives a remuneration fee, usually an entitlement to oil or gas from the developed operation.
Iran is OPECs second-largest producer after Saudi Arabia. In 2007, Iran produced approximately 4.1 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of total liquids, of which roughly 3.8 million bbl/d was crude oil, equal to about 4.5 percent of global production. For most of 2008, it is estimated that Irans OPEC production was approximately 3.8 million bbl/d; OPEC-wide cuts in late 2008 have lowered its production quota to roughly 3.6 million bbl/d. Irans current crude oil production capacity is estimated to be 3.9 million bbl/d.
Is Obama stoned or just stupid?
oOh_bummer is extremely delusional,maybe the madrasses helped that along..
from the Prague speech transcript in April, 2009:
Iran has yet to build a nuclear weapon. And my Administration will seek engagement with Iran based upon mutual interests and mutual respect, and we will present a clear choice. We want Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations, politically and economically. We will support Iran's right to peaceful nuclear energy with rigorous inspections. That is a paththat the Islamic Republic can take. Or the government can choose increased isolation, international pressure, and a potential nuclear arms race in the region that will increase insecurity for all.
Has anyone else seen any press reports about this? Isn't this the same policy that led North Korea to create nuclear weapons?
Prague, Czech Republic
April 5, 2009
John Gibson was talking about it on his radio show.
I see your evil and raise you determined, calculating and islamic.
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