'Lebanon should build own nuclear plant'

Nasrallah cites Iran's new plant as cost effective solution.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
August 25, 2010 13:57
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Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah speaks through a

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BEIRUT — Lebanon should build its own nuclear power plant, Hizbullah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Tuesday in a televised speech.

According to AFP, Nasrallah called on the Lebanese government to build the nuclear plant "for the peaceful purpose of generating electricity," citing Iran's newly operational Bushehr as a cost-effective solution to Iran's high electricity demand.

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The Hizbullah chief also said that authorities should formally ask Iran to help equip the country's military.

Nasrallah vowed that Hizbullah would use its friendship with Iran to secure assistance to the national army.

His comments came in response to a decision by a US congressman this month to suspend $100 million worth of American military aid over concerns the weapons could be turned on Israel and that the militant Hezbollah group may have influence over the Lebanese army.

The Lebanese government has since opened an account at the central bank to receive donated funds to buy weapons for the country's military.

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