US is Itself in Violation of NPT
In an astounding feat of diplomatic contortion the Bush adminisitration has managed - through its neocon agenda - to lodge its own head firmly up its proverbial a*s.
If there ever was a signal that it is time to cool the rhetoric and get a grip on the current confrontation over Iran's nuclear program, it was the recent New York Times reporting on the United States planning for a nuclear strike against Iran and President George W. Bush's subsequent and pointed refusal to take that option off the table.The rest of the article is worth reading. The author who is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Waterloo outlines a four step process to defuse this crisis that any reasonable diplomat must consider.
Ironically, that less-than-veiled nuclear threat puts the United States more directly in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty than Iran.
Remember, Iran has no nuclear weapons and there is no direct evidence that it is in pursuit of one. Iran is certainly in serious violation of its obligations to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is charged with verifying that civilian nuclear programs like Iran's are not a cover for nuclear weapons research.
But under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran has the right to develop nuclear power technology for civilian purposes, including the right to enrich uranium.
As for American compliance with its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations, in 1995, the U.S. made a solemn pledge, confirmed by Security Council Resolution 984, never to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear weapon state signatory to the treaty, except when such a state is attacking the United States in co-operation with a nuclear weapon state.
Iran is a non-nuclear member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and it is not threatening the U.S. in co-operation with any nuclear weapon state.
So, while Iran needs to meet its obligations, so, too, does the United States need to meet is treaty obligations, and most importantly, both need to get back to the basics of diplomacy.
And when I say 'any reasonable diplomat' I mean anyone who wants to survive a nuclear holocaust, so neo-cons who at least value their own lives need not be excluded.