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Sanctions reflect West’s lack of logic

30 August 2010 14:14

Iran’s Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki says the UN measure of imposing anti-Iran sanctions demonstrates the lack of logic in the current international order.

“The Iranian nation does not need atomic bombs,” Mottaki said on Sunday, adding that Iran’s “the weapon of logic” is more powerful than any nuclear weapon.

“They [Western countries] however, assert that Iran may have the intention of making nuclear weapons, and punished our nation based on the claim that Iran has such intentions,” Fars News Agency quoted Mottaki as saying.

“This is an order of coercion and this is the logic of power,” he noted.

Mottaki added, “Those who used nuclear weapons 65 years ago and produce new weapons everyday… had to confess four months ago in a New York summit that there are 5,000 nuclear weapons in the US’s possession.”

Ahead of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in May, the Pentagon announced that Washington currently has over 5,000 nuclear warheads.

Referring to the death of thousands of people in Nagasaki and Hiroshima, Mottaki said “They make even more modern weapons today and continue to arm their agents in the region with nuclear weapons.”

On June 9, the UN Security Council (UNSC) adopted a resolution imposing a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.

Iran has criticized the UNSC sanctions arguing that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Tehran has opened its nuclear facilities to intrusive inspections and round-the-clock supervision by the IAEA. The nuclear agency has repeatedly reported that it has found no evidence of any diversion of nuclear material from civilian to military applications in Iran.

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