Yesterday, Mr. Ahmadinejad's showcasing of his republic's achievements in nuclear technology must have brought a quiet sigh of relief in many quarters. It is good they have made progress, and it will stand them in good stead in their alternative energy strategy. As to any weapons capability or enriched uranium, that is at least a few years away, if they ever even go to that end, which is unlikely by what seems to be Iran's mission statement - that they are dedicating their efforts to developing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, that is to say for generating electricty. Of course, with that the industrious Persian people will prosper further.
There was a feeling of sadness in Mr Ahmadinejad's speech, when he mentioned the children dying in Iran because some medicines were not available to them because of sanctions. This is something that needs to be considered with sympathy.
Iran is an oil rich country, and it has money deposited in Europe and America. They ought to be allowed to buy medicine and medical facilities from the West, and also they should be encouraged to let their citizens visit London, Paris, Frankfurt or New York to shop and spend some of their money, it is good for the Western economies. Freezing their assets means denying them access to their spending power, which must feel unjust.
There is considerable demand for Western-produced foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, electronics, cars, clothes, and so on. in Iran and other oil exporters. Needless to say, these are good markets to help and re-balance our books.
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