Disclaimer: This article does not necessarily represent the journalist’s point of view. It is supposed to analyze the situation through the eyes of a specific country, in this case Iran.
Responding to continuous allegations by the United States and Israel that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, Iran has reiterated its position, stating that it has not and will not seek to develop these, and that it believes that Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and nuclear weapons around the world should be annihilated.
Once again, these accusations come in pair with unfair sanctions that are imposed on the Iranian people. As a signatory of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and as a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has the right to develop nuclear energy for civilian purposes.
Last November, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said that “Iran does not seek to acquire nuclear weapons and [raising] such allegations against Iran is dangerous. […] Iran has never used weapons of mass destruction. The use of nuclear and mass destruction weapons is devoid of legitimacy even for legitimate defense. Islamic teachings also order us not to use weapons of mass destruction.” These remarks were delivered at the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs in Istanbul. This served as a reminder to the West that Iran is a peaceful nation with no warrior-like ambitions – sadly, this will most likely fall on deaf ears.
During a meeting with diplomats in Indonesia earlier this month, Zarif insisted that nuclear weapons have no place in Iran’s defensive doctrine, and that it is willing to reach an agreement with the West. The Iranian government has repeatedly declared that developing nuclear weapons is contrary to its political principles, and that it goes against the fatwa issued by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, who declared that nuclear weapons are “a sin”.
Without the shadow of a doubt, the main threat to peace in the Middle East is Israel. As one of the only non-signatories of the NPT and with its repeated refusal to allow access to nuclear facilities, Israel is behaving in the manner of a “thug state”. Non-compliance to international law should not be accepted by the global community. Unfortunately, the protection of Israel by the United States on the international scene is a well-established fact, leading to the Zionist State escaping all sanctions that would have been imposed on other states in a normal situation.
With its approximately 200-400 nuclear warheads, Israel is the only Middle Eastern state to possess the atomic bomb. The fact that they could possibly wipe-out several cities in the region if they so desired, is a particularly unsettling thought for any citizen who longs for peace. Regrettably, with this ongoing threat over the Middle East, peace is not an attainable goal.
This is the sad state of affairs at this moment in time: with the United States and its allies continuing to shield the gangster state from any international reaction, the West is shooting itself in the foot by preventing peace from reaching a crucially strategic part of the world.