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Non aligned Nations endorse Iran’s nuclear power project

NAM nations back Iran’s nuclear bid Times of India Thomas Erdbrink, NYT News Service | Sep 2, 2012, TEHRAN: The 120-nation Nonaligned Movement handed its host Iran a diplomatic victory on Friday, unanimously decreeing support for the disputed Iranian nuclear energy programme and criticizing the US-led attempt to isolate and punish Iran with unilateral economic sanctions.

But the group’s communique, issued by Iranian state news media at the end of its annual meeting, omitted any mention of support for Syria, Iran’s vital Middle East ally, which appeared to reflect a view among many members that the Syrian government’s attempt to crush the uprising there was indefensible…..
The Tehran Declaration document not only emphasizes Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear energy but acknowledges the right to ownership of a full nuclear fuel cycle, which means uranium enrichment – a matter of deep dispute.

Iran, which has repeatedly asserted that its nuclear programme is
peaceful, contends it is already in compliance with its obligations as
a signatory to the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and has countered
that Israel, which is not a signatory, has an unacknowledged nuclear
weapons arsenal. Israel, which regards Iran as its major enemy, has
threatened to attack Iranian enrichment sites.

The nuclear issue was further highlighted by a new report issued on
Thursday by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear
monitor, asserting that Iran had rapidly escalated its uranium
enrichment capacity in recent months. The Syrians emerged as the big
losers at the NAM meeting, with Iran first unwilling and later unable
to gather support for President Bashar al-Assad’s government. In the
days preceding the closing ceremony, Iranian leaders remained silent
on Syria to prevent disagreements, Iranian officials acknowledged.

Frustration was visible on Friday when the Iranian foreign minister,
Ali Akbar Salehi, could be seen talking with his Syrian counterpart
for nearly 20 minutes, witnesses said. Diplomats said that in the
afternoon, the Iranian delegation pushed for a separate paragraph on
Syria and nonproliferation, which was resisted by Arab delegations.
India, itself a nuclear power, was also unhappy with the proposed
nonproliferation language.

September 3, 2012 - Posted by | Iran, politics international

1 Comment »

  1. […] at the end of August 2012, the Non-Aligned Movement – meeting in Tehran, of course – issued a declaration unanimously supporting Iran’s nuclear claims in just these regards.  What have U.S. diplomats said to rebut this discourse?  Essentially […]

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