Iran Cleric Suggests Nation Quit Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty
By NAZILA FATHI
NY Times 9.20.2003
TEHRAN An influential cleric suggested today that Iran opt out of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, adding to signs that the difference over Iran's nuclear policy was increasing among the authorities here.
The head of Iran's nuclear energy agency, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, said at an International Atomic Energy Agency meeting this week that Iran would continue working with the agency and was fully committed to its obligations within the treaty.
But Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the head of the powerful Guardian Council, which is responsible for approving parliamentary bills before they can become law, said the demand by the international agency to allow unrestricted access to its inspectors was "extra humiliating."
"What is the problem with withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?" asked Ayatollah Jannati during Friday Prayers. "North Korea withdrew from the treaty. Many other countries have not even signed it."
Reuters reported, meanwhile, that Britain, Germany and France defied the United States last month by offering Iran the prospect of sharing technology if it stopped its disputed nuclear fuel enrichment program and accepted tougher United Nations inspections.
Western diplomats said a joint letter from the three countries was delivered to Tehran in early August despite intense lobbying by Washington.
A French Foreign Ministry spokesman said he could confirm that a letter had been sent to Iran, but he said it did not include any offer to cooperate on other issues. http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/20/international/middleeast/20IRAN.html
posted on 09/20/2003 12:31:42 AM PDT
posted on 09/20/2003 12:36:42 AM PDT
(Socialism is slavery)
"What is the problem with withdrawing from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty?" asked Ayatollah Jannati during Friday Prayers.
By all means, play the rebel to the mean-spirited Uncle Sam. It has worked so well for the Hussein family.
posted on 09/20/2003 4:39:17 PM PDT
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