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September 23rd, 2009
04:54 PM ET

Report: Two-thirds of Iranians ready to preclude developing nuclear weapons

Iranian President Ahmadinejad addresses a Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University on Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

Iranian President Ahmadinejad addresses a Friday prayer sermon at Tehran University on Quds (Jerusalem) Day.

World Public Opinion.org

A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll finds that two-thirds of Iranians would favor their government precluding the development of nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions against Iran.

Only one-third would be ready to halt enrichment in exchange for lifting sanctions. However, another third, while insisting on continuing enrichment, would agree to grant international inspectors unrestricted access to nuclear facilities to ensure that that there are no bomb-making activities.

The WPO poll also finds that six in 10 Iranians believe that economic sanctions, imposed by the United States and the United Nations over fears that Iran's nuclear program might produce an atomic weapon, are having a negative impact. Seven in 10 say they believe sanctions will be tightened if Iran continues its current nuclear program.

Steven Kull, director of WPO, comments: "Though most Iranians are feeling the bite of economic sanctions and expect them to tighten, only a third are willing to negotiate away the right to enrich uranium. However, two-thirds are willing to make a deal that would preclude the development of nuclear weapons."

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Filed under: Iran • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad • Nuclear Weapons • United Nations
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Mojgan

    He is a disgrace to Iraninan nation. He is a shameless liar.

    September 24, 2009 at 1:31 am |
  2. alexlyrics

    the only thing this man has done successfully on his own is bring back members only jackets.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    Sounds like the US has some fertile negotiating ground here; if the Iranians are willing to not make nuclear weapons and let us in to inspect to be sure that they are not doing so on a regular basis then it would probably benefit the US as well as Iran if economic sanctions were lifted.

    September 23, 2009 at 6:44 pm |