UAE to US lawmaker: We have a right to enrich uranium, too (nuclear arms race begins)


Free Republic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid fears of an atomic arms race in the Middle East, a senior United Arab Emirates official has told a top U.S. lawmaker that it too might seek the right to enrich uranium that Iran has asserted under the recently signed nuclear deal.

The landmark Iran accord to curb its nuclear weapons in exchange for economic sanctions relief allows Tehran to enrich uranium. In barely noticed testimony last month, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the UAE’s ambassador in Washington, Yousef al-Otaiba, had informed him in a telephone call that the country no longer felt bound by its previous nuclear agreement with the United States.

“He told me, ‘Your worst enemy has achieved this right to enrich. It’s a right to enrich now that your friends are going to want, too, and we won’t be the only country,’” Royce said in a phone interview with The Associated Press this week, elaborating on his testimony.

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4 thoughts on “UAE to US lawmaker: We have a right to enrich uranium, too (nuclear arms race begins)

  1. No surprise that UAE would seek to become part of the nuclear “club” given the indecisive Regime here in the U.S.
    Related – Good article by JCscuba:

    My comment:
    Too bad that Dr. Kissinger is a globalist. His pragmatism is partially why he was such an adept Secretary of state.
    This excerpt:
    “• So long as ISIS survives and remains in control of a geographically defined territory, it will compound all Middle East tensions. Threatening all sides and projecting its goals beyond the region, it freezes existing positions or tempts outside efforts to achieve imperial jihadist designs. The destruction of ISIS is more urgent than the overthrow of Bashar Assad, who has already lost over half of the area he once controlled. Making sure that this territory does not become a permanent terrorist haven must have precedence.”
    is very much to the point.

    However, all of the supposed solutions are secular in nature. We forget that Islamics are allowed to lie to everyone who are not Islamic to gain their objectives; moreover, remember that the Arabs, when not warring among themselves, unite only to achieve what they will NEVER give up on: the destruction of Israel.
    And just to add to this chess game, what would happen if Pakistan should lose control of its nuclear arsenal to ISIS or some other radical Islamic group?
    As bad as the present situation is, that development would cause the problem of a nuclear Iran to pale in comparison.

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