As the World Turns: A News Roundup
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran, declares uranium enrichment still only for peaceful purposes. He urges other countries to not be bullied by nuclear states. Citing the United States’ use of nuclear weapons and its first-strike policy, Ahmadinejad urges fellow nations to see the U.S.’s policy as shameful. Moreover, he called for nations with nuclear weapons to create a timetable for disarmament.
India’s courts convicted a member of the terrorist group, Lashkar-i-Taiba, for the Mumbai terrorist attacks in 2008. Other men were prosecuted, but there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove them guilty. India has also been unsuccessfully trying to extradite other potential perpetrators from Pakistan. India-Pakistan relations are currently at a low and are likely to worsen because of this recent trial.
Chief of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has claimed responsibility for the failed Time Square bomb. Officials doubt they are responsible based on the lack of specificity in the released video and similar false claims in the past. However, it was previously believed that Mehsud was killed from predator drone attacks January.