Iran Strikes Back at UN Sanctions by Singling Out Israel

Published: June 10th 2010
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IAEA board of governors.

An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference took place the day after a fourth round of UN sanctions were laid against Tehran as part of Resolution 1929. The conference turned out to be a divisive UN watchdog debate which took place in Vienna, Italy on Thursday. The IAEA conference marked the first time the IAEA has tackled the topic of nuclear weapons since 1991.


Iran has been reported calling the sanctions held against them as a “double standard.” However, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper denies this and supports the adoption of Resolution 1929. In a statement published yesterday, Harper stated:


"Canada fully supports the adoption of resolution 1929 by the UN Security Council, in response to Iran's ongoing failure to meet its international obligations under UNSC resolutions 1696, 1737, 1747, 1803 and 1835, and its failure to cooperate fully and transparently with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).


In addition, US President Barack Obama issued a statement denying Iran’s claim that the UN sanctions are a double standard.


“There is no double standard at play here. We have made it clear, time and again, that we respect Iran’s right, like all countries, to access peaceful nuclear energy. That is a right embedded in the Non Proliferation Treaty,” said Obama.


The target of the debate was the State of Israel and its presumed nuclear weapons program. Arab countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as others, joined together in condemning Israel for its refusal to sign the nuclear weapons Non-Proliferation Treaty and its “aggressive” state policies using the flotilla incident of last week as their primary example. Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said, “We cannot fail but also point out that the concern of the Israeli nuclear danger is reinforced by Israel’s aggressive policies towards Arab countries.”


Sudan’s envoy Mahmoud El-Amin expressed to the 35-nation meeting in Vienna that "Israel continues to defy the international community through its continued refusal to accede to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT)."


Israel has explained its refusal to sign the NPT in a statement which states that the nation opposes any actions that run counter to its national security.


The team up of Arab countries, most of whom do not recognize the Jewish state, was thought to be a jeopardizing of broader steps aimed at banning nuclear mass-destructive weapons by Washington, said envoy and US Ambassador, Glyn Davies. He added, "What the region needs is to come together in a cooperative, consensual way...this is not going to happen if the parties of the region engage in name-calling, if they wag fingers at each other."


Davies later stated that “singling out Israel for censure is in our view both counterproductive and inappropriate.”


The United States as well as the European Union indicated they are planning another conference regarding the set up of a zone free of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East to be held in 2012.

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