No Sanctions on Iran

Thursday, December 7, 2006

Regarding the Dec. 1 news story "U.S. May Pursue Iran Sanctions Even if Russia Balks":

The United States should not be allowed to impose its will on the United Nations.

Instead of bullying other nations to endorse illegal sanctions on Iran -- which has no nuclear weapons program and is simply exercising its lawful rights under the Non-Proliferation Treaty to fabricate fuel for its power plant under full inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency -- the U.S. government should recognize Iran's rights and lift its sanctions.

The world has learned what happens when the United States is allowed to manipulate the U.N. Security Council without due consideration of international law.

On what legal basis is the United States seeking U.N. sanctions on Iran when the IAEA has repeatedly concluded that there is no evidence of military diversion? Why should Iran be denied its own nuclear fuel cycle when so many other nations enjoy this right unimpeded?

The fact that has so far evaded the media's attention is how the American government manipulates the issue of Iran's nuclear program to justify its interventionist policies in the region around Iran, notwithstanding Iran's steadfast opposition to those policies.


Press Officer

Iranian Mission to the United Nations

New York

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