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Musician-turned-policy adviser Brian Eno says 'rational' for Iran to want nuclear weapons

Musician-turned-policy adviser Brian Eno says 'rational' for Iran to want nuclear weapons

Britain's No. 3 political party has turned to avant-garde musician Brian Eno to make their policies sound as good as the albums he produced for U2, David Bowie and Talking Heads.
But he caused a stir Thursday in his first interview since being appointed as an adviser to the Liberal Democrats last week by suggesting the U.S. and other nuclear powers had given Iran a reason to develop nuclear weapons.
"One by one the non-nuclear countries are moving towards nuclear arsenals, seeking the mythical status and security that we can't give up," Eno, a disarmament campaigner, told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.
"As for Iran, the newest scary monster, well that country is surrounded by 11 states with American forces in them and America has already claimed the right to attack pre-emptively as it did in Iraq," he said. "We've left Iran really with only one rational option."
Iran insists that its nuclear program is for purely peaceful purposes. However, the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany are pressing Tehran to halt uranium enrichment and reprocessing activities that could make the ingredients for a bomb.
Earlier this month, an American push for new sanctions was dampened with the release of a new U.S. intelligence report concluding Iran had halted a nuclear weapons development program in 2003 and had not resumed it since.