Iran’s nuclear program ‘isnt a problem’, says Nobel laureate
A Nobel laureate in chemistry has said Iran’s alleged nuclear program “isnt even a problem”.
Nobel laureate Arne Jacobsen, who won the prize in 2000 for his work on the synthesis of organic molecules, said on Tuesday that Iran’s claim that it has created nuclear energy was “ridiculous”.
Iran’s state-run news agency, IRNA, said the Nobel laureate said Iran had developed the first nuclear bomb in the country’s history.
He said the country had “made great progress in the field of nuclear science”.
But Jacobsen said Iran was “not a threat to the world”.
“Iran is an economic superpower, with a military capable of defeating any US invasion.
It is not a threat, it is a blessing,” he said.
He did not elaborate.
Jacobsen’s statement comes after US President Donald Trump called on Iran to dismantle its nuclear program in an address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
“We should never negotiate with the enemy, but if we do so, we will be forced to face them as an adversary,” Trump said.
The US has been negotiating with Iran for more than 20 years over its nuclear programme.
Iran says it is developing a nuclear weapons capability and has not made a move towards developing a bomb.
The country has long been a main US supporter of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whose forces are fighting a two-year-old civil war.
Iran has said it wants to develop nuclear weapons to counter US and Israel’s nuclear ambitions.
The United States and other world powers have long pressed Iran to abandon its nuclear ambitions in exchange for a freeze on its nuclear activities in exchange and for an end to the international economic sanctions on it.
Iran insists it has no intention of building nuclear weapons.
Israel and the US have long accused Iran of having nuclear weapons, but Tehran has repeatedly denied the charge.