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Iran Turns To Cuba For Nuclear Support
Tuesday, May 30, 2006 By: Juan Paxety
Iran wants help from Non-Aligned Movement countries
Iran is turning to the so-called Non-Aligned Movement countries for support in its effort to continue its nuclear program. The NAM countries include the dictatorships Myanmar (Burma), North Korea, Zimbabwe and Cuba. The countries will send representatives to a meeting in Malaysia this week reports Reuters.
"I think everybody is interested whether this meeting is going to be inundated with the nuclear issue," Malaysian Foreign Minister Syed Hamid Albar told reporters on Friday when asked if the meeting would debate Iran's nuclear activities.
"There is fear, whether through nuclear technology for energy, there will be a graduation to something that ... will become a threat to world peace and security," he added.
NAM has 114 member nations. Saudi Arabia is one of the richest. The countries together have about half of the world's population and 85% of the world's oil.
The Malaysian talks coincide with next week's meeting of major-power foreign ministers in Europe to finalize a package of incentives and sanctions aimed at giving Iran a stark choice if it continues sensitive activities such as uranium enrichment.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, an Islamic hard-liner, has dismissed Western pressure as "psychological propaganda" and visited fellow Muslim states Malaysia and Indonesia in recent months to drum up support for his nuclear program.
The next meeting of NAM is set for September in Cuba.