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US Hypocrisy And Double Standard Towards Iran's Nuclear Program

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When one nation of a region is maintaining the international standards and protocols regarding nuclear issues, yet is subjected to crippling economic sanctions and even assassination of its scholars and experts in order to bring them to abandon their program, while another nation of the same region is given a blank check and free rein in the same nuclear arena, what would you call this situation other than blatant hypocrisy and an obvious double standard? Is this really the way that the so-called civilized nations of the west believe that international policies should be applied, or rather -- is this the power of the gunslingers seen in the Wild West of America's Manifest Destiny era? Give me a break.  

The IAEA has spent more than 28,000 hours in inspections of Iranian facilities. Their cameras and all of the western spies and satellites are watching Iran. If there were any solid documents, they would have screamed already. Therefore, what reasons do they have to inspect Iran's military research facility? To see advances in nano-technology or the Iranian space program? If these areas are a source or concern or curiosity for the West, why don't they sit down and conduct an balanced scientific exchange with Iran?  

Why is it that the US always creates an ambiguous object and then uses it as leverage for pressure?

One example of this ambiguity can be found in the ISIS's so-called analysis report of Iran, (ISIS January 25, 2013), which says:

"The IAEA should also conduct unannounced inspections more often to deflate any Iranian expectation that it would have a set amount of time within which, should it decide to break out, it could avoid detection. Perhaps more importantly, regardless of Iranian intentions, unannounced inspections would provide an important confidence building measure for the United States and its allies, including Israel, first by negotiating such a confidence building measure and then by negotiating lasting agreements which ensure Iran will not build nuclear weapons."

The same Israel who has obtained nuclear warheads, who isn't subjected to any updated reports from the ISIS about its latest activities, neither recommended for sanction nor last-minute inspections, and no one knows, or even attempts to know, about their intentions. ... Still,  the ISIS recommends further actions against Iran in order to give confidence to Israel. The nation who hasn't attacked another state in more than 300 years is put under the diplomatic and military microscope, while the state which was born in a blood bath needs constant international assurance and confidence building that the US will always have its back.

ISIS Analysis of IAEA Iran Safeguards Report on February 21, 2013 says that:

"As pointed out in ISIS's January 25, 2013 report, in order to increase the possibility of a visit and address the overall issue raised by Parchine, the IAEA should forward the entire case to the Board of Governors where it could be considered as grounds for a resolution."

When Iran started to build a new road on the outskirts of the Parchine military research facility, the American satellites and the ISIS interpreted this as "a displacement, therefore we have to inspect the site." What a pitiful and cheap process of accountability of western countries on nuclear issues.

If the US and others dedicated to the "confidence" of Israel's security feel the need to inspect the Parchine facility, they need to be willing to exchange that with initiation of a complete inspection of Israeli nuclear sites. After Israel opens its doors, Iran can offer inspection of Parchine. The nation with the most aggressive foreign policy, with the most invasions into neighboring states, should be the first one to undergo international inspection as a confidence building measure for regional stability.

The Iranian people have been repeatedly submitted to inspections, cameras and satellites. We have been the victims of sanctions, of even basic medicines; been the victim of covert operations, including the assassinations of our scientists. Therefore, it is time for us to claim our need of a confidence-building exercise from the IAEA, ISIS and the western world.     

We must demand that our negotiators stand by our national pride and our right for nuclear enrichment and technology. If the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty is indeed a valuable concept -- necessary for the assurance and establishment of future peace -- then we, as members, must be treated with more respect than the nations who won't consent to be limited by its noble guidelines. If there is no such accountability, why should Iran remain a member? If the UN and the NPT doesn't begin to hold Israel accountable for illegally acquiring more than 200 nuclear warheads, Iran must review its membership in the NPT.


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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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