- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 1, 2009


It is the accusers, not the accused, who have breached the nuclear nonproliferation treaty (“Obama’s nuclear-free fantasy,” Opinion, Sunday). The long-established nuclear powers have manifestly failed to meet their treaty obligation to pursue negotiations toward nuclear disarmament, while Iran is entitled under the treaty to enrich uranium for nonmilitary purposes.

The U.N. Security Council, in demanding that Iran permanently cease uranium enrichment, assumes that it has the right to abrogate international treaties. It should, instead, declare that Israeli and American threats to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities are a threat to international peace. Better still, tell Iran that if it forgoes its rights as a signatory of the existing international nonproliferation treaty in a fully verifiable form, the Security Council will ensure that Israel becomes a signatory and surrenders its nuclear weapons. The collective national interests of the West demand no less.


Winterborne Houghton, Dorset, United Kingdom

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