Former UN chief weapons inspector Hans Blix ruled out yesterday that the
possibility of a US military action against Iran, saying the Iraq scenario won't
recur in the case of Iran because of the US public's anti-war sentiment.
Responding to a question by Egypt's official MENA news agency at a press
conference he held at the Diplomatic Club here on Thursday, Blix said the public
opinion in the United States is totally against military interference after the
Iraqi "quagmire experience."
Blix, who was also the former Swedish foreign minister, had led the UN
inspectors searching for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq before the US-led
invasion in 2003.
However, the former inspector defended Iran's rights to develop nuclear
capacity for peaceful usage, but warned of a nuclear race in the Middle East
"It's not illegal what they are doing unless you could prove that there is
intention to go for weapons. But it's not illegal to plan to go for fuel, " Blix
The UN Security Council has passed a resolution imposing sanctions on Iran
for its defiance over its nuclear issue. The United States has urged Iran to
freeze its uranium enrichment activities for possible incentives from the US-led
West. However, Iran has said its nuclear programs are for civilian purposes
US officials have refused to rule out any options against Iran, but said
military action would be a last resort.
Blix, arrived in Cairo last Sunday on a four-day visit to Egypt, also
expressed support for the aims of Egypt and Jordan to develop their own peaceful
nuclear programs, adding that it would take the two nations over 10 years to
start nuclear programs.
Egypt started very limited nuclear technological research in1957, but its
nuclear program was frozen in 1986 in the wake of the accident at Soviet Union's
Chernobyl nuclear plant.
On Sept. 21 last year, Mubarak declared that his country would continue its
scientific research to develop peaceful nuclear technology.
In 1968, Egypt signed the international nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty and
officially supports the elimination of nuclear weapons in the Middle East