Iran and UN’s Chapter VII

Iran and UN’s Chapter VII

Dalga Khatinoglu

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said any possible deal between Iran and the world powers over Tehran's nuclear program would likely be confirmed by a resolution under the UN's Chapter VII to turn into an international and binding deal for all sides.

He made the statements in an interview with Iran's "Seda" (Voice) weekly.

It seems that Iran is not only serious in its nuclear talks with the P5+1 group but also is cleverly looking for ways to oblige them to observe the contents of a comprehensive nuclear deal in the coming years.

A group of 47 Republican senators have released an open letter, dated March 9 to Iran's leaders warning them that any nuclear deal they sign with President Barack Obama's administration won't last after Obama leaves office if the agreement is not ratified by Congress.

Any resolution under Chapter VII of the United Nations would provide the P5+1 member states with an opportunity to clinch a deal with Iran because based on the resolution the parliaments of these countries could not veto their government's decision to sign the deal. So, they have no way but to implement the nuclear agreement.

Any resolution being issued under the UN"s Chapter VII is legally binding and authorizes diplomatic sanctions or even a military option.

The resolution will also prevent Israel to carry out military action against Iran or to provoke Western powers to attack the country.

The letter from the the U.S. senators shows that the recent visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the United States was relatively fruitful. Just two days ago, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius echoed Netanyahu's words saying he is against a 'bad deal' with Iran.

Throughout his address to the U.S. Congress, Israeli PM twisted a religious story about Jews. Anyone who has read the Book of Esther in the Old Testament will find Netanyahu's account surprising.

In a nutshell, the age-old story is Esther, the wife of the Persian King Ahasuerus, prevented the genocidal plot prepared by the king's chief advisor, Haman to kill all of the Jews in Persia, which Ahasuerus had initially approved until Esther revealed Haman's plot as well as her secret Jewish identity and foiled the plot. King Ahasuerus, then ordered both the killing of Haman and the Jews' enemies. The Jews then killed 75,000 Iranians, but Netanyahu didn't mention that or the Persian King's order that saved the Jews.

Neither did he bother to refer to the release of the Jewish people taken captive in Babel back in 539 BC by Cyrus the Elder, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire or the saving of Jewish lives in Yemen during the Sasanian Dynasty.

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