Poll: Iranians would feel safer with nuclear arms

A small majority of Iranians say their country should develop nuclear weapons and they would feel safer if Teheran possessed such arms, according to a rare public opinion poll of Iranian citizens. Yet 51 percent said that in exchange for normal relations with the United States, they would favor satisfying the US that Iran is not trying to acquire nuclear weapons. And far fewer said Iran should focus on assembling a nuclear arsenal than on strengthening its feeble economy and normalizing diplomatic and trade relations with the West. The survey, provided to The Associated Press on Tuesday, was sponsored by Terror Free Tomorrow, a Washington-based bipartisan group that seeks to reduce worldwide support for terrorism and extremism.