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18:58 | 2010-04-12

Politics

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VP Calls for Trial of US President for Warmongering Remarks against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian official on Monday blasted US President Barack Obama for his recent threat of a nuclear attack against Iran, urging that Obama should be tried in a tribunal for uttering "criminal" statements against Tehran.



"Obama has uttered dangerous remarks and sanctioned atomic attack and nuclear bombardment of two states of the world, these remarks that authorize atomic attacks against certain countries are criminal (remarks) from the legal point of view," Vice-President for Parliamentary Affairs Hojjatoleslam Mir Tajeddini said.

He called on international legal experts to try Barack Obama for taking such stances as his remarks are indeed interpreted as an authorization of atomic attacks against Iran and North Korea.

Reminding the rules and regulations of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Mir Tajeddini said, "No country is authorized to use nuclear weapons even under the pretext of deterring a war or its continuation."

The official also described Iran's nuclear achievements as "the best response to Obama's remarks and threats", showing that no power or threat can ever intimidate Iran into subordination.

Mir Tajeddini further underlined Iran's firm opposition to nuclear weapons, saying that the Islamic Iran has never embarked on producing or using the Weapons of Mass-Destruction (WMDs).

The comments by the Iranian official came after the United States posed a nuclear threat against Iran.

Washington 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 last 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.

Washington and its Western allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons under the cover of a civilian nuclear program, while they have never presented any corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations. Iran denies the charges and insists that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.

Tehran stresses that the country has always pursued a civilian path to provide power to the growing number of Iranian population, whose fossil fuel would eventually run dry.

Despite the rules enshrined in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) entitling every member state, including Iran, to the right of uranium enrichment, Tehran is now under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's illegitimate calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment.

Tehran has dismissed West's demands as politically tainted and illogical, stressing that sanctions and pressures merely consolidate the Iranians' national resolve to continue the path.