Member of Iranian Parliament Presiding Board Hossein Sonhaninia criticized the Western countries' dual attitude toward Iran, saying the West pursues tougher sanctions on Tehran on the one hand, and considers negotiations with the Islamic Republic on the other.
Iran insists on the nuclear energy issue because the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) reserves the right for countries to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, the Iranian lawmaker pointed out.
Despite Iran's compliance with the NPT, Washington and its Western allies accuse the country 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.
Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile, whereas, Iran, an Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) signatory, has also called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.
In pursuit of global nuclear disarmament, Tehran held a conference on nuclear disarmament on April 18-19, 2010 with officials from different world countries in attendance. During the two-day conference, world officials and politicians put their heads together to address issues and concerns in connection with nuclear disarmament.
Political observers believe that the United States has remained at loggerheads with Iran mainly over 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 the 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 plant.