Not everyone present at an open meeting of the UN Security Council this week was happy to hear our new UN Ambassador, Susan Rice, say that the Change-You-Can-Believe-In administration “will seek an end to Iran’s ambition to acquire an illicit nuclear capacity.”
End Iran’s “ambition”?
To acquire an “illicit” capacity?
Understandably upset, Iranian ambassador, Mohammad Khazaee, promptly got off a letter to the Council president, which said, in part, that
“Despite the allegations made by the U.S. representative, Iran’s nuclear program has been, is and will remain absolutely peaceful and Iran has never tried nor will ever try to acquire nuclear weapons.
“It is unfortunate that, yet again, we are hearing the same tired, unwarranted and groundless allegations that used to be unjustifiably and futilely repeated by the previous U.S. administration. …
“Instead of raising allegations against others, the United States had better take concrete and meaningful steps in correcting its past wrong policies and practices vis-à-vis other nations, including the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
Under a Safeguards Agreement concluded with the International Atomic Energy Agency – pursuant to the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons – Iran agreed to allow IAEA inspectors to “verify” that no NPT-proscribed “source or special nuclear materials” were ever used in furtherance of a nuclear weapons program.
However, the NPT, the IAEA Statu… >>>