Slip of the Tongue?

An Iranian diplomat strayed into dangerous territory with an apparent slip of the tongue yesterday. “The whole Iranian nation are united… on (the) inalienable right of (having a) nuclear weapon,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Iran’s representative to the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency.  He quickly corrected himself with the standard declaration of his nation’s right to ‘peaceful’ nuclear energy (see article). But his slip-up underscores the incontrovertible link between the two sides of nuclear energy — and the risks of pusuing nuclear commerce, especially in volatile regions, in the belief that ‘safeguards’ agreements will be honored.

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