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15:48 | 2010-04-13


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Senior MP: Atomic Attack Endangers US Hegemony

TEHRAN (FNA)- Repetition of an atomic attack by the US, like what the country did in the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1940s, would put an end to Washington's hegemony over the world, a senior Iranian lawmaker said on Tuesday.

Referring to the recent remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he threatened Iran with atomic weapons, member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Mahmoud Ahmadi Biqash told FNA that such an attack would not be waged just against Iran, rather it would serve as a measure to annihilate all free nations.

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday. But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere, the Iranian MP referred to Tehran's policy towards nuclear disarmament, and said, "Just as we want a nuclear-free world, we also seek a world which enjoys peaceful nuclear activities so as to provide all nations with clean and peaceful nuclear energy…."

Noting that all countries of the world are entitled to the right to use peaceful nuclear technology, Biqash lamented that certain western countries do not comply with their NPT undertakings and refrain from providing the developing countries with nuclear technology and know-how.

Iran and the West are at loggerheads over Tehran's nuclear program. Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad and provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Analysts believe that the US's opposition with Iran is mainly due to the independent and home-grown nature of Tehran's nuclear technology, which gives the Islamic Republic the potential to turn into a world power and a role model for other third-world countries. Washington has laid much pressure on Iran to make it give up the most sensitive and advanced part of the technology, which is uranium enrichment, a process used for producing nuclear fuel for power plants.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.

A fourth UNSC sanctions resolution ratified last year did not bring any fresh sanctions against Tehran and just reiterated the council's previous measures against the Islamic Republic.

Tehran has thus far ruled out halting or limiting its nuclear work in exchange for trade and other incentives, saying that renouncing its rights under the NPT would encourage world powers to put further pressure on the country and would not lead to a change in the West's hardline stance on Tehran.