Powell: Iranians want freedom back

The US Secretary of State has condemned the Iranian government, saying that "hidebound clerics" had dragged Islam into "the political gutter".

    Powell says the Iranian government should be worried

    Colin Powell's told an audience at his alma mater, City College of New York, on Monday that "the Iranian people want their freedom back".

    He said: "They do not want to banish Islam from their lives. Far from it. They want to be free of those who have dragged the sacred garments of Islam into the political gutter."

    Powell said the country's rulers should have read the signs last month when Iranians greeted Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi on her return from abroad with the prize.

    "They (the Iranian people) do not want to banish Islam from their lives... They want to be free of those who have dragged the sacred garments of Islam into the political gutter"

    Colin Powell,
    US Secretary of State

    Nuclear programme

    "We all know what this means. The hidebound clerics of Iran know what it means too. Should they be worried? Does morning follow night? They should be," Powell added. 

    His comments came after Iran temporarily halted its uranium enrichment programme and agreed to stop nuclear inspections.

    Iran has been under intense US-led pressure to come clean over its nuclear programme, despite the fact that America possesses the world's largest stockpile of nuclear weapons.

    The US alleges that Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb, but the Iranians say their atomic programme is entirely peaceful.

    They also reject accusations that their government is illegitimate, and say they have the most free and most representative society in the region.

    SOURCE: Aljazeera + Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    Interactive: Coding like a girl

    What obstacles do young women in technology have to overcome to achieve their dreams? Play this retro game to find out.

    Heron Gate mass eviction: 'We never expected this in Canada'

    Hundreds face mass eviction in Canada's capital

    About 150 homes in one of Ottawa's most diverse and affordable communities are expected to be torn down in coming months

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    I remember the day … I designed the Nigerian flag

    In 1959, a year before Nigeria's independence, a 23-year-old student helped colour the country's identity.