posted on Oct, 4 2006 @ 09:57 AM
In a suprising move the President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has asked the countries Tourism Organisation to prepare plans for the opening up of
nuclear sites, to foreign tourists to pay and visit them.
Iran's president has ordered that the country's nuclear sites be opened to foreign tourists to prove its programme is peaceful, state media
Possible attractions would include the plants at Isfahan and Natanz, or a reactor being built in Bushehr.
"This authorisation has been issued since the Iranian nuclear activities are peaceful," Esfandyar Rahim Mashaii told the agency.
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Well the fact of Nuclear Reactors having day trips is not a new thing in the wider world, the Sellafield reprocessing and Power plant in Cumbria in
the UK is open for such tours.
However there is obviously no need here as in other visitor centres to try and placate the local populations fears of the dangers of nuclear power.
This is a further twist in the showdown between Iran and the wider world, the UN and specifically the USA in its aims to develop its Nuclear
I believe this is more show than reality, and the thought that "tourists" could verify any facts on the Iranian publicised "peaceful" purposes of
its growing nuclear desires is ridiculous. However it may signal an growing willingness to open up their sites for inspection by the IAEA.
This is also a little to close to the recent North Korean Nuclear device test statement yesterday, considering the fear that is surfacing now publicly
of a growing allegiance between "rogue" states such as Iran, Syria, North Korea and Venezuela and Cuba. I believe this may be an attempt of such a
pact if it exists to confuse the issue and redirect or "spin" the worlds view their way. This may be supported by the recent developments of those
countries in facing up to the "west" in recent months. First the Lebanon, then the Venezuela Presidents remarks at the UN, then North Korea's
announcement of a Nuclear Test, now this. This situation is growing worse and quickly.
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