By Jagjit Singh
Los Altos, CA: Once again we are huffing and puffing, and we are outraged that Iran is somehow breaking the rules of its “nuclear test sites.”
It is disappointing that President Obama has been echoing this hyperbolic hype. Iran is a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. Its nuclear sites have been inspected numerous times by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and have never been found to be in noncompliance.
According to Scott Ritter, the former US weapons inspector, the IAEA has a 100 percent accounting for all of Iran’s nuclear material. Iran is unable to divert any of its nuclear material to a new site without the full knowledge of the IAEA. The new Qom site only serves as a backup site to its Natanz primary facility. In 2003, Iran willingly submitted to enhanced inspections called the additional protocol of inspections, as well as what’s known as the Subsidiary Agreement. Thus, Iran has made all of its operating sites available for inspection in exchange for full recognition by Europe and the US of its legitimate right to enrich uranium for peaceful purposes.
This was in contrast to the actions of Israel, which has never “confessed” to its huge stockpile of nuclear weapons. Meanwhile we continue to proliferate with impunity? Inter Press Services has recently reported that the US is currently increasing nuclear weapons production. Why this hypocrisy?