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US Hypocrisy And Double Standard Towards Iran's Nuclear Program

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What is expected in the Kazakhstan meeting? 

Next week, Iran will meet the G5+1 country officials in Almaty, Kazakhstan to discuss its nuclear activities. Not only is Iran a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), but also has the same right as other member states to obtain nuclear technology to use for peaceful purposes, such as its scientific, medical and sustainable energy objectives. 

"There are eight states that have successfully detonated nuclear weapons. Five are considered to be nuclear-weapon states (NWS) under the terms of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In order of acquisition of nuclear weapons these are: the United States, Russia (successor state to the Soviet Union), the United Kingdom, France, and China. Nations that are known or believed to possess nuclear weapons are sometimes referred to as the nuclear club.

North Korea had been a party to the NPT but withdrew in 2003. Israel  is also  widely  believed to have nuclear weapons, though it has refused to confirm or deny this, and is not known definitively to have conducted a nuclear test.

South Africa has the unique status of a nation that developed nuclear weapons but disassembled its arsenal before joining the NPT.

The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) in Washington DC is dedicated to monitoring the nuclear activities of countries of the world; however, most of its focus is zoomed specifically on Iran. This institute is monitoring Iranian nuclear research sites via satellite with constant analysis for any displacement or physical change in these sites. 

Surprisingly, the ISIS also has reported about Israel's purchases of some sensitive devices which could be indicative that Israel has the intention to build, test and use more nuclear warheads. But neither the ISIS nor the US government nor the UN Security Council have taken any steps to place Israel under any type of scrutiny, inspection or sanctions.

ISIS does not pursue Israel's nuclear programs by focusing its satellites on Israeli sites or by reporting on its legitimate rights; yet the media is full of stories of how America and its allies want to make sure about Iran's intentions. Iran has cooperated with all International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections, allowing inspectors access to facilities. The US and its allies have no documentation that something is amiss -- no evidence of Iran deviating from the civil nuclear program except speculation rooted in support for their political allies.

Therefore, one has to wonder who will check Israel's intentions in having more than 200 nuclear warheads? Has US foreign policy deteriorated into a copy of the plot from a science fiction film along the lines of Tom Cruise's Minority Report, where intentions are actually measured and would-be criminals are arrested before any crime is committed? Even in the best of all worlds, where that type of pre-emptive defenses are possible, the US and the UN Security Council and all other nations that they bully into submission are falling far behind into investigating crimes committed by their chief ally in the region. If such a power were actually possible, it would seem that the most necessary investigative efforts should be poured into inspecting Israeli nuclear activities and making Israel accountable for what is already going unchecked.

Since Israel has not signed the NPT, it is under no legal obligation to submit its major nuclear facility at Dimona to IAEA inspections. Iran, in contrast, did sign the treaty and thus agrees to periodic inspections. IAEA inspectors are regularly in Iran, but the core of the current dispute is that Tehran is not letting them have unfettered access to all of the country's nuclear installations.

It is also noteworthy to mention that, according to the Washington Post, the US government also officially does not acknowledge the existence of an Israeli nuclear program. Israel's official position, as reiterated by Aaron Sagui, spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington is that "Israel will not be the first country to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East. Israel supports a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction following the attainment of peace." The "introduce" language is purposefully vague, but experts say it means that Israel will not openly test a weapon or declare publicly that it has one.

According to Avner Cohen, a professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies in California who has written two books on this subject ... "This formulation was born in the mid-1960s in Israel and was the foundation of a still-secret 1969 agreement between Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir and President Richard Nixon, reached when the United States became sure that Israel possessed nuclear bombs."

So why is so much pressure and punishment placed on the people of Iran by way of imposing sanctions? Iran is already a member of the NPT and, like the other signatories, has all rights to pursue its nuclear research, to manufacture the needed fuel for its own reactors and to train its university professors and scientists for the advancement of nuclear knowledge. 

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Reza Saiedi is a freelance journalist based in Washington D.C. He has written several articles regarding Iranian and US relations and within the last seven years has conducted many interviews for various news agencies.

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Saiedi's statement of the U.S. hypocrisy concernin... by J Ballew on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 8:31:27 PM
US and Israel think they can commandeer thousands ... by Julie Munn on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 6:48:23 AM
Saiedi's statement of the U.S. hypocrisy concernin... by J Ballew on Sunday, Feb 24, 2013 at 8:31:57 PM
Mr Ballew, which terrorists are you refering too, ... by Eddy Schmid on Monday, Feb 25, 2013 at 8:58:47 PM
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