Ahmadinejad speech sets edgy tone for nuclear meeting

04/23/2012
Iran raised the stakes of an important meeting about its nuclear plans by insulting Arabs and picking a new fight over islands in the Strait of Hormuz. That's right: the Strait of Hormuz, which Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has threatened to close in retaliation for international resistance to his country's nuclear program. Iran says its plans are wholly peaceful. But neighbors, especially Israel but including most nearby Arab states, are worried. Ahmadinejad gave them more reasons to fret on Apr. 11 when he became the first Iranian head of state to visit Abu Musa, the largest of three islands over which the Islamic Republic and the United Arab Emirates have argued for 40 years. T...
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