Why Penalize Iran?

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

In his March 30 op-ed column "Could Sanctions Stop Iran?" Carne Ross overlooks the main reason the legal justification for United Nations sanctions against Iran is lacking: Iran has actively cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency's robust inspection and verification system, and after more than 1,700 inspector-days, the IAEA has confirmed that there is no evidence of diversion of nuclear activities to military objectives.

Iran has repeatedly declared antipathy toward nuclear weapons and has been an enthusiastic signatory to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.

Iran's legitimate exercise of its right to full nuclear technology for purely peaceful purposes does not warrant Security Council concern, let alone sanctions. Iran is committed to continuing its cooperation with the IAEA.


Press Officer

Iranian Mission to the United Nations

New York

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