05 March 2008

Iran wants world ban on nuclear weapons

This Iranian position reveals the US and British deceipt in its accusations that Iran has a nuclear weapons programme, and that both countries have been using their not insignificant power on the Security Council to ridicule an international treaty such as the NPT.

There is no doubt that the US/UK tactics and planning are clever and cunning. They are also immoral, illegal and based on lies as usual. Hypocrisy pure and simple.

The Supreme Leader of Iran, who is the real power in Iran not the President, issued a fatwa several years ago now banning research, production and use of nuclear weapons. The current Iranian regime has always maintained it is not interested in nuclear weapons, as even the Israeli press have acknowledged:

"In an interview with Time Magazine Ahmadinejad said "We are opposed to nuclear weapons. We think it has been developed just to kill human beings. It is not in the service of human beings.""Today nuclear weapons are a blunt instrument ... The Zionist regime is not capable of using nuclear weapons. Problems cannot be solved through bombs. Bombs are of little use today" he added."

There is NO proof they have a weapons programme in spite of 'evidence' supplied by an Iranian terrorist organisation and conveniently 'believed' by the US.

And how do the positions square up? Well, one side (Iran) has consistently stated that nuclear weapons are evil and must be erradicated from - not just the Middle East - but the entire world, while the other side (US/UK) have been steadily increasing development of their own new nuclear weapons, supporting the spread of nuclear weapons in countries with 'friendly' regimes (Israel, India & Pakistan), while negating the 'inherent' right of just one country (Iran) to have its own nuclear fuel cycle which at the end of the day is a declaration of energy independence which the US/UK cannot tolerate. Indeed, when Iran was ruled by the US-installed dictator puppet the Shah, the US government and its arch-genocidal criminal Kissinger, actively supported Iran's push for nuclear technology.

As FPIF reported last year: "A declassified document from President Gerald Ford's administration, for which Kissinger was Secretary of State, supported Iran's push for nuclear power. The document noted that Tehran should "prepare against the time--about 15 years in the future--when Iranian oil production is expected to decline sharply."

Interesting to note too that according to the Washington Post "Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and outgoing Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz held key national security posts when the Ford administration made the opposite argument 30 years ago"..."that Iran's nuclear program must be a cover for bomb-making".

Agence France-Presse:
"IRAN wants to ban all nuclear weapons through an international treaty, the country's foreign minister said at the UN's Conference on Disarmament.
"The time has come to ban and eliminate all nuclear weapons," Manouchehr Mottaki told the conference.
The UN Security Council on Monday slapped another round of sanctions on Iran over its refusal to suspend nuclear enrichment activities, while in Vienna, the International Atomic Energy Agency attempted to convince Tehran to cooperate.
Western states have accused Tehran of pursuing a nuclear program under cover of energy production, a charge it has firmly denied.
Iran's foreign minister said during Tuesday's meeting in Geneva that it is necessary to "start negotiations to reach a convention on the ban of stocks and the production of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction".
During the conference, he questioned the right of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council to possess nuclear arms.
"The winners of the Second World War have claimed this right and imposed it on the international community," he said.
"Today, the right of veto and the right to possess nuclear arms has become a monetary exchange to obtain illegitimate rights," he added.
Iran, which confirmed that it had launched its first rocket to space February 4, also supported a proposal from Russia and China to ban weapons in space.
The project, which was presented on February 12 by Russia during the Conference on Disarmament, suggested banning the deployment of all types of arms in space. The US has opposed such a treaty.
The UN Conference on Disarmament brokered key Cold War accords such as the Non-Proliferation Treaty and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, but has made scant progress over the last decade as the 65 members remain at odds on future priorities."

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