It is Not Suitable for Iran to Withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

Politics Materials 4 October 2008 11:11 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 October/ Trend , corr D. Ibrahimova, T. Jafarov/ Statements in the Iranian parliament about the possible suspension of cooperation with IAEA in the wake of resolutions of the UN Security Council and international sanctions, will not lead to Iran's withdrawal from Non Proliferation Treaty.

"I am doubtful whether Iran will withdraw from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)," American expert Ayesha Jalal said. "It will probably further accuse US of putting excessive pressure on IAEA and seek help of European countries in the development of its "peaceful" nuclear program".

Foreign Minister of Iran Manuchehr Mottaki accused US of disseminating false information on the goal of Iran's nuclear program and said Tehran is not going to stop cooperating with IAEA, Reuters reported on 3 October. This statement was made following statements by members of Board of Iranian parliament Musa Gurbani who said Iran can cease cooperation with IAEA once UN Security Council passes new resolution against Iran.

On 27 September, UN Security Council unanimously passed new resolution (N 1835) on Iran which does not contain new sanctions but indicates the same at Russia's request.

In 2005, Iran withdrew from the additional protocol of convention on nuclear non-proliferation which called for large opportunities for UN observers to study nuclear installation of Iran. Iran refused to take part in this protocol as a protest against IAEA's handing over Iran's dossiers to UN Security Council. Iran will not join this protocol until IAEA will not recognize its right to full circulation of uranium enrichment.

If Iran decides to withdraw from NPT, it will be caught up in complete isolation, Ayesha Jalal, professor of Taft University said to Trend .

She said it will make Iran vulnerable for all its key enemies such as US and Israel.

German expert Mehran Barati also believes Iran will not withdraw from NPT as this treaty insures Iran against any attack.

"The Iranian MP made this statement as Iran was anticipating Russia's support when UN Security Council was going to pass resolution," Mehran Barati, expert on international relations and member of Berlin Research Center of Germany said to Trend .

Russia has long-term interests in cooperation with West which made it to support resolution, he said.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed in 1968. At present it includes 189 acceded states. The three key principles of this treaty is non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, disarming and using nuclear energy for peaceful purposes.