Moscow hosts 2012 nonproliferation conference
Sun Sep 9, 2012 6:31PM
Western politicians talk as though they are free to mount a military attack on Iran at any time and they rarely reprimand Israel’s leaders for multiplying their threats to take out Iran's nuclear facilities by force." Peter Jenkins, the Geneva Center for Security Policy(GCSP)Russia has held the 2012 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, hosting researchers, scientists, diplomats and experts in the Russian capital, Press TV reports. More than 200 participants exchanged the latest information on global security of nuclear energy, the establishment of a zone, free of nuclear and all other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East as well as Iran's nuclear energy program.
“Iran is ready to answer any question with regards to its nuclear activities which are civil and peaceful and does not let anybody, any country, any state, [or] any organization to limit its natural and legal rights,” said Mostafa Dolatyar the director-general of the Department for Political and International Studies of the Iranian Foreign Ministry.Israel has recently carried out a number of military drills as Tel Aviv steps up its war rhetoric against Iran under the pretext that Iran’s nuclear energy program includes a military component. Iran has refuted the allegations maintaining that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a committed member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has every right to develop and acquire the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. “In the West, the absence of public reference to legal constraints on western policy options is for me, anyway, depressing and worrying,” said Peter Jenkins of the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP). “Western politicians talk as though they are free to mount a military attack on Iran at any time and they rarely reprimand Israel’s leaders for multiplying their threats to take out Iran's nuclear facilities by force,” he added. The Israeli regime is widely known to possess hundreds of atomic warheads, something that it has never denied under its so-called nuclear ambiguity policy. Enjoying Washington's support, however, Tel Aviv has steadily refused to either declare the nuclear arsenal or join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Organized by the Center for Energy and Security studies in Moscow, the conference is held in the run-up to several important international meetings, including the IAEA Board of Governors meeting, which will take place on September the 10th in Vienna. TE/PKH/AZ