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Ex-White House Spokesman, National Security Analyst Urge Ahmadinejad to Allow Inspections

Photo Courtesy -- ABC News(WASHINGTON) – A former White House spokesman and a national security analyst are urging Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to allow nuclear inspections in the country. Meanwhile, the ratification of the START treaty has brought increasing world attention to Iran as a potentially rouge nuclear state.

In an OpEdNews article Wednesday, ex-White House staffer Robert Weiner and national security analyst James Lewis said Iran’s “nuclear ambition seems likely” given that the country borders Pakistan. They also reinforced the concern that perceived nuclear development by the country could lead to an arms race.

“The U.S. believes that Iran is now developing advanced missile technologies with the assistance of North Korea,” the article read. “These advances and further cooperation have increased the range and accuracy of Iran's Shahab missile program capable of delivering nuclear warheads."

The article also addressed Ahmadinejad’s concerns that Iran in unfairly being portrayed as “the bad guy.” Weiner and Lewis say it is important for the U.S. to understand the basis of his concern.

“Regrettably, the government of the United States has not only used nuclear weapons, but continues to threaten to use such weapons against other countries, including Iran,” they wrote.

Still, the article argues that the only way for Iran to alter the world’s perception of its nuclear activities is to allow nuclear inspections.

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European Leaders Call on Congress to Ratify START Treaty

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(LISBON, Portugal) -- Foreign ministers from six European countries showed up unannounced at a Saturday briefing at the NATO summit in Lisbon, Portugal, calling on the United States Senate to ratify the START treaty with Russia.

President Obama has called ratification a "priority" but has run into strong headwinds on Capitol Hill from lawmakers who see it as giving way to Russia on nuclear arms.

In Lisbon, the Danish Foreign Minister Lene Esperson said "It's European security that is at stake."  U.S. lawmakers, like retiring Ohio Sen. George Voinovich, say the START treaty would actually endanger European security.  The Obama administration agrees with Esperson and the other foreign ministers, all from countries near or bordering Russia, that the nuclear arms control treaty is vital to ensuring a reduction in nuclear weapons.  The pact would limit each side to 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads -- a reduction of about one-third.

Republican lawmakers have demanded Senate consideration of the treaty be delayed until next year, when they have a stronger position, with more seats in GOP hands.

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