At UN, Iran’s leader decries West’s ‘double standard’ towards country’s nuclear programme


President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi of Iran addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s seventy-seventh session.


Taking the rostrum at the annual United Nations General Assembly, Iran’s President decried as a great injustice the “double standard” exhibited by Western nations towards what he described as his country’s peaceful nuclear activities.

Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi addressed the Member States gathering for the high-level General Debate, saying, “I expressly proclaim that the Islamic Republic of Iran is not aiming to build nuclear weapons and such weapons have no place in our doctrine of defense.”

He continued, bemoaning the West’s “double standard posture” regarding his country’s nuclear activities as a “manifestation of injustice,” noting that other governments have continued to create, use, and “give” nuclear weapons to others.

Peaceful programme

Mr. Raisi referred to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which aims to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology, to promote cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and to further the goal of achieving nuclear disarmament and general and complete disarmament, saying that “countries that have to be disarmed are rewarded, and countries that have abided by their commitments are even deprived of the rights contained in the NPT.”

 

While only 2% of the world’s nuclear programs are included in Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, 35% of inspections take place at our sites, the President noted.

In fact, he said: “Those who perceive the Iranian nuclear problem as a threat are still delaying what they ought to do: denuclearize.”

In 2015, Iran, the United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom came to a historic agreement called officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). In exchange for the lifting of sanctions, Iran consented to dismantle a large portion of its nuclear program and provide international inspectors access to its facilities.


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Nuclear deal

The US left the deal in 2018 under the leadership of then-President Trump, who also reintroduced the penalties. Although restoration efforts have been ongoing for a while, the US and other parties have not yet resumed the Plan’s full and efficient implementation.

The President declared, “America, not Iran, withdrew from the pact.” “In its reports, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mentioned Iran’s complete compliance with the agreement’s terms 15 times.


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Iran has paid the price for upholding its promises, but because the American side broke its pledge and the European side didn’t cooperate, Iran hasn’t reaped the rewards of the accord.

He criticized some of the governments’ double standards for human rights and labeled unilateralism as a tactic that has been utilized to hold back numerous nations. He said that the United States could not selectively acknowledge the right of some nations to stand on their own two feet. He continued by claiming that Israel’s siege of the Palestinian Gaza Strip has resulted in the “biggest prison in the world.” He also criticized the US’s treatment of migrants and refugees at its southern border as well as the mass graves of Indigenous peoples discovered in Canada.


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