Iranian parliament representative Muhammad Nabavian said that Iran needs a
nuclear bomb because of Israel.
“We don’t aspire to obtain a nuclear
bomb, but it is necessary so we can put Israel in its place,” Nabavian said in a
speech given on Friday and quoted by MEMRI (the Middle East Media Research
The Iranian Tasnim News Agency website, which first quoted
Nabavian, later removed the comment about Iran needing a nuclear bomb, according
to the MEMRI report.
Nabavian also revealed statements made to the
Iranian parliament by President Hassan Rouhani, demonstrating that the US
administration was pressing hard for a meeting with him.
“After I won the
elections, [US President Barack] Obama relayed a message to me, [even] before
[my September 2013] visit to New York.
The White House contacted me five
times seeking a meeting. Now the question must be asked: Why does this
superpower insist on meeting Iran’s president… while calling us a third-world
[country]?” said Rouhani.
Rouhani then said, “During my journey to New
York, I arrived at the hotel on Monday night and again they contacted me from
the White House. I assembled the delegation accompanying me and we decided not
to meet [with Obama].”
“They said to me, ‘Why did you humiliate Obama and
America?’ and I said there was no humiliation. Here I recalled the words of the
imam [Khomeini], who said that one must humiliate the infidel leaders,” said
Rouhani according to the report.