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Greek parties condemn Iran oil ban

Posted by seumasach on January 29, 2012


29th January, 2012

The coalition of left parties in Greece has denounced the European Union’s decision to ban oil imports from Iran as being in line with the US and Israeli warmongering policies in the Middle East.

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Ahmadinejad steals ‘smart power’ torch

Posted by seumasach on May 6, 2010

Kaveh L Afrasiabi

Asia Times

7th May, 2010

Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad seems to only gain in strength with the growing intensity of North American and European attacks against him. Such is the global community’s slide into competing camps, his championing of the nuclear “have-nots” – the bulk of the world’s population – gives him the demeanor of a peace activist who speaks the language of disarmament.

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US threatens to nuke Iran and anyone else it feels like nuking

Posted by seumasach on May 5, 2010

Shirin Ebadi

Global Research

3rd May, 2010

The 2010 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference will convene from 3-28 May 2010 in New York. This year’s conference – as with previous years’ – promises to be yet another battle between the developing and the nuclear-armed nations. The US insists that the NPT needs to be rewritten so as to place greater limits on what it calls “nuclear weapons proliferation” whilst the developing nations say that the concern over proliferation is being used as a pretext by the US to avoid its own obligations under the same treaty to disarm its own nukes and to share nuclear technology with everyone else. This year, the same conflict will likely continue, and the US (and the US media) will of course try to blame it on Iran when in fact the emphasis on disarmament is shared by a number of countries called the New Agenda Coalition that includes Brazil, New Zealand and Egypt, and is not limited to Iran.

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US violates UN law by threatening Iran

Posted by seumasach on April 13, 2010


13th April, 2010

Iran’s envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog says the US nuclear policy which allows the use of nuclear arms against Tehran is a clear violation of the UN Charter.

Speaking on Monday, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh called on the UN Security Council (UNSC) to deal with the US violations.

The US Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) purportedly restricts the use of its nuclear arms against most non-atomic states, except Iran and North Korea, which are accused by the US of seeking nuclear weapons.

Soltanieh also said the outcome of the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit in Washington is not binding as only a limited number of countries have been invited.

Unlike North Korea, Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Tehran has stressed that its nuclear program is only for the civilian applications of the technology.

The UN nuclear watchdog has, in many reports, declared that there is no evidence of military objectives in Iran’s nuclear program.

“According to international laws, any threat to use nuclear weapons against other countries … is against the UN Charter, the [International Atomic Energy] Agency’s regulations and international laws,” ISNA quoted Soltanieh as saying.

“The UN Security Council should act swiftly and deal with the US violations in this regard.”

Later on Monday, US President Barack Obama was to open the nuclear security summit which is being attended by the leaders of 46 other countries. Iran is not represented at the conference.

“The outcome of the Washington conference is already known. Any decision taken at the meeting is not binding on those countries which are not represented at the conference,” Soltanieh said.

The Iranian envoy said the NPR proves Washington’s unreliability on the nuclear arms issue, adding that the new US policy shows that the nuclear-armed power is in fact a big threat to international peace.

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Israel must denuclearize, Erdogan says

Posted by seumasach on April 12, 2010


12th April, 2010

The Turkish premier says the international community should take action to disarm Israel as part of the efforts to make the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone.

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