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A political commentator says the world should focus on Israel’s nuclear weapons program and urge the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council to more speedily dismantle their nukes.
Hamid Golpira made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday.
Most experts estimate that Israel has about 200 nuclear warheads, largely based on information leaked to the Sunday Times newspaper in the 1980s by Mordechai Vanunu, a former worker at the Israel’s Dimona nuclear reactor.
Israel, which has started several wars in the region in its 65-year history of occupation, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear weapons program and does not allow international inspectors to visit its nuclear sites.
On the other hand, the illegal US-engineered sanctions on Iran have been imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Commenting on why there is so much hype about Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program but no serious discussion about Israel’s nuclear weapons program, Golpira said, “There’s the rub, that’s the point. Israel has nuclear weapons, and some other countries have nuclear weapons too, even the NPT grants the five countries to have temporarily nuclear weapons, but the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty says eventually they must dismantle their nuclear weapons.
“Israel and some other countries have nuclear weapons and they are not signatories to the NPT. So, they are technically not violating the treaty because they have not signed it, but at the same rate, it is becoming a certain kind of international law that they are not supposed to be having a nuclear weapons program like this.
“And on top of that they have this nuclear ambiguity — they have this official policy that we don’t say if we have nuclear weapons and we don’t say if don’t – [but] most people are pretty certain that they do have nuclear weapons. The fact is that the world is not coming down on Israel, which has nuclear weapons, or pushing the five countries that have a kind of temporary pass in the NPT to more speedily dismantle their nuclear weapons…Although there is not exact timetable, but the NPT says even these countries must eventually dismantle their nuclear weapons, and it must be a nuclear-weapons free world, and there must be a total nuclear disarmament. At least, that is what one of the articles of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty says.”
Addressing the UN Conference on Disarmament in September in New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called for the total elimination of nuclear weapons and global nuclear disarmament.
“As long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use, threat of use and proliferation persists. The only absolute guarantee is their total elimination,” Rouhani said.