Check it out! According to the Obama-Biden
Foreign Policy Agenda just posted at the White House web-site, "President
Obama and Vice President Biden will renew America's security and standing in
the world through a new era of American leadership."
"The Obama-Biden foreign policy will end the war in Iraq responsibly,
finish the fight against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, secure nuclear
weapons and loose nuclear materials from terrorists, and renew American diplomacy
to support strong alliances and to seek a lasting peace in the Israeli-Palestinian
Great! But after reaffirming that
"The gravest danger to the American people is the threat of a terrorist
attack with a nuclear weapon and the spread of nuclear weapons to dangerous
the White House goes on to promise that,
"Obama and Biden will crack down on nuclear proliferation by strengthening
the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty so that countries like North Korea and
Iran that break the rules will automatically face strong international sanctions."
As far as a "non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty" – such
as Iran has been since 1974 – there is really only one rule, namely
"Each non-nuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty undertakes to accept
safeguards, as set forth in an agreement to be negotiated and concluded with
the International Atomic Energy Agency in accordance with the Statute of the
International Atomic Energy Agency and the Agency's safeguards system, for the
exclusive purpose of verification of the fulfillment of its obligations assumed
under this Treaty with a view to preventing diversion of nuclear energy from
peaceful uses to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices."
"The safeguards required by this article shall be implemented in a manner
designed to comply with Article IV of this Treaty, and to avoid hampering the
economic or technological development of the Parties or international cooperation
in the field of peaceful nuclear activities, including the international exchange
of nuclear material and equipment for the processing, use or production of nuclear
material for peaceful purposes in accordance with the provisions of this article
and the principle of safeguarding set forth in the Preamble of the Treaty."
And what does Article IV say?
"Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable
right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use
of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity
with articles I and II of this Treaty."
Now; maybe all that is not clear to a dimwit like Bush the Younger, but surely
President Obama will soon realize – as does most of the world – that Iran has
broken no NPT rule and that for at least the past eight years it is the United
States that has been the most flagrant violator of NPT rules.
Bush-Cheney-Bolton-Rice not only repeatedly violated the letter and spirit
of the NPT, but deliberately and improperly interfered in the workings of the
IAEA Safeguards system, undermined the IAEA
Statute, and corrupted the IAEA Board of Governors.
Bush-Cheney-Bolton-Rice even corrupted the UN Security Council, strong-arming
it into passing several resolutions, the most recent being UNSCR
1803 of March, 2008.
UNSCR 1803 begins with the Security Council –
"Reaffirming its commitment to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear
Weapons, the need for all States Party to that Treaty to comply fully with all
their obligations, and recalling the right of States Party, in conformity with
Articles I and II of that Treaty, to develop research, production and use of
nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."
The Security Council then proceeds to discriminate, in violation of
NPT guarantees, to deny Iran the "inalienable rights" it has just "reaffirmed."
The Iranian Foreign Minister sent a formal
protest to the UN Secretary General, which began by noting – correctly –
that Iran "has consistently complied with its obligations" under the NPT and
the IAEA Statute.
It then noted the "irrational opposition" of the United States and the Brits-Germans-French
to Iran's exercising its "inalienable rights" as affirmed in the NPT and IAEA
Statute, and charged that their "instrumental manipulation" of the IAEA Board
and Security Council had resulted in international law and the UN Charter being
Iran went on to charge that the U.S.-Brits-Germans-French provided "erroneous
information" with the result that the IAEA Secretariat had been prevented from
fulfilling "its real tasks on important issues such as the prevention of actual
[nuclear weapons] proliferation, disarmament and developing a mechanism to effectively
verify the nuclear activities of the non-parties to the NPT, particularly the
Zionist regime that is continuing to develop nuclear weapons in the [Mid-East]
Iran then reminded the Secretary General of the substantive and procedural
legal requirements set out in the IAEA Safeguards Agreements, the IAEA Statute
and the UN Charter for involving the Security Council in issues related to any
Safeguarded nuclear programs.
In particular, Iran correctly noted that "there has never been any reference
in the Agency's reports to any noncompliance by Iran or and diversion in its
peaceful nuclear activities." On the contrary, "the IAEA Director-General
has repeatedly stressed that there has been no diversion of the declared nuclear
(The IAEA Statute requires the IAEA Board to "find" that the Director-General
has not been able to verify there has been no diversion before
referring the matter to the Security Council.)
Hence, Iran found it "necessary to stress that the engagement of the Security
Council in this issue – and also the resolutions adopted in this regard – have
In conclusion, Iran noted that "the maintenance and strengthening of international
peace and security requires, as a first step, our endeavor to ensure a safer
world through developing equitable international rules, and through their evenhanded
So, once President Obama has had a chance to read the Iranian Foreign Minister's
letter, will he agree to take that first step?