Iran Comes Out Punching at NPT

At upcoming non-proliferation talks, Iran will ignore Obama’s offer of dialogue and attack U.S. for its nuclear cooperation with Israel and India.

Gil Ronen ,

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
Israel News Photo: (file)

Iran intends to “come out punching” at an upcoming conference regarding nuclear armaments, and will attack the U.S. for cooperating with Israel and India on nuclear programs, according to the Reuters news agency.

The news service reported Sunday that it has obtained four Iranian working papers prepared for the meeting of the signatories of the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which is aimed at halting the spread of nuclear arms. The working papers show Tehran is “redoubling its efforts to draw attention away from its own nuclear program by turning the spotlight on Washington for what it says are clear breaches of the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty,” Western diplomats told Reuters.

Iran will claim that the U.S. itself has violated the treaty by developing new nuclear weapons and providing nuclear aid to Israel and India, neither of which has signed the NPT.

Tehran will also slam what it calls the "nuclear-related cooperation of the United States with the Zionist regime" and say the U.S.-India nuclear deal has "severely damaged" the NPT by showing that non-signatories can receive special treatment.

In addition, Iran will blame the U.S., Britain and France “for working to prevent [Iran] and other developing countries from having complete nuclear energy programs.”

Meeting begins Monday
The signatories of the NPT gather on Monday to prepare for a major conference in 2010.

Some countries want the nuclear powers to carry out past pledges to disarm and to agree on a plan to seal loopholes that have enabled states like North Korea, which withdrew from the pact, to develop nuclear weapons.

U.N. diplomats involved in the conference told the news agency that Iran has “gone on the offensive ahead of the meeting” in order to “keep the focus away from its nuclear program.”

Tehran has refused to halt its uranium enrichment program despite three rounds of U.N. sanctions.

Iran’s NPT papers do not mention the fact that President Barack Obama has offered to conduct direct talks with Iran nearly 30 years after Washington severed ties with Tehran. "Iran is very worried that Obama's commitment to disarmament ... will make it harder to portray the Americans as the enemy," a Western diplomat said. "The same goes for Obama's engagement policy. So they (Iran) want to come out punching."