Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has rightly said that the ongoing dispute with Iran on its nuclear program has been politicized and used as a convenient tool at the hands of the West to put pressure on the Islamic Republic, slow down its scientific/technological progress, and contain its influence across the region and beyond.
Sunday’s edition of ‘Kayhan International’ was referring to Ayatollah Khamenei statements that even if Iran-P5+1 (the US, Britain, Russia, China, France and Germany) manage to clinch an accord, the West will still pursue its anti-Iran policy, and come up with other excuses such as “human rights” to antagonize Tehran.
Ayatollah Khamenei has also rightly said that he is not so optimistic about the talks: “I am not optimistic about these talks, but with God’s blessings, we shall not lose anything in these talks either. This experience will enhance our nation’s mental capacity. If the talks succeed, so much the better. And if they don’t, that should mean that the country is standing on its own feet. We should not trust an enemy who keeps smiling and says it is willing to talk but at the same time tells us all options are on the table,” the English-language paper quoted the Supreme Leader as saying.
Ironically, after two days of new round of technical talks in Vienna, chief US nuclear negotiator Wendy Sherman suggested that if both sides reach a nuclear deal, Iran would get significant relief from financial, trade and oil sanctions that are related to its nuclear program. “However, the sanctions relief will not include issues related to human rights in Iran or support for terrorism,” the paper wrote in its Viewpoint column.
The US hypocrisy has gone even further: The Congress has given threats by Democrats and Republicans to institute new sanctions if the nuclear deal isn’t to their “liking” by November 24! Other significant hurdles remain as well. For the US, they include selling an agreement to its closest regional partners like Israel and Arab monarchies – the very same partners that Sherman says: “Want to see the nuclear talks fail.”
To complicate matters, the International Atomic Energy Agency continues to issue reports on Iran’s nuclear program, in the words of the Russian Foreign Ministry, “that are a politicized compilation of well-known facts to undermine international efforts to defuse tensions over the issue.”
As the whole world knows by now, the IAEA reports are upon the US political pressure. That’s why they have provided some doubts about Iran nuclear projects, which have never been proved.
Based on those imbalanced IAEA reports, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has passed resolutions, upon the US pressure, and step by step imposed new rounds of sanctions against Iran. Those resolutions from international legal aspect are not justifiable, since there is no document available about Iranian infringement of non-proliferation treaty to support them. The UNSC decisions on imposing sanctions were taken based on doubts, not facts. So they are illegal, pointed out the paper.
Based on NPT there is also no legal bar for having nuclear fuel cycle. The World has acknowledged this right for Iran the first time in Istanbul on April 2012. While the Iranian right of having nuclear fuel cycle is acknowledged by P5+1, there is no logic for extension of the sanctions.
The P5+1 should take some commitments for removing the sanctions. The West should also take more receptive attitude toward the Iranian nuclear energy program.
The West knows Israel is not signatory of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It means Israel is not committed to this internationally binding treaty, which is a threat to the world peace and security by itself. While Israel has threatened Iran militarily many times, no sanction has been imposed on it by UNSC.
International realities are changing. It is very timely for the US and Europe to fully acknowledge the Iranian right of nuclear industry. If they can accept that NPT is the basic law on nuclear, and they go through it, the win-win approach could be expected.
In any case, the Iranian nation continues to face double standards in their rights. And as long as this is the case, Ayatollah Khamenei is right not to be so optimistic about the talks: “What our officials started will continue. We will not renege. I have no opposition. But I will say again. There is no use. It will not lead anywhere,” wrote the paper in conclusion.