UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon has once again shown the world what diplomatic courage is. True to the weight of his office, the media captured it with relish and in real time.
The Iranians continue to toy with the IAEA, with more broken promises of transparency and talks. The UN Secretary-General, who entered the lion’s den and called a spade (of Iranian violations) a spade at the NAM conference in August, is apparently fed up with the mockery Tehran (and their pals in Pyongyang) are making of the international community when it comes to global peace and security.
His well-publicized statements made headlines:
“We should not give much more time to the Iranians, and we should not waste time,” Ban said. “We have seen what happened with the DPRK.”
The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the formal name for North Korea, exploded a third nuclear test device this week. The North exploited a decade of fitful diplomatic efforts to make progress toward a weapon.
“It ended up that they [were] secretly, quietly, without any obligations, without any pressure, making progress,” Ban said.
The U.N. Security Council must “show a firm, decisive and effective, quick response,” Ban said, that makes plain to Iran that the rest of the world is not convinced that it is not seeking nuclear weapons.
After coverage dropped off significantly following the regime’s manipulation of NAM participants in August, we have repeatedly urged the media to pay more attention to Iran’s cynical exploitation of the multilateral arena and international organizations. This is not a theme we intend to let go of easily.
Don’t believe for a moment that the lack of sustained media coverage means the Iranians are resting on their laurels. On the contrary: more evidence has recently surfaced that Tehran continues its old tricks — actually having the audacity to utilize the NAM platform to criticize another country interfering in the Syrian conflict…
Oh, the painful irony!
The Iranians do not even deny their revolutionary guards’ involvement in Syria while their proxy Hezbollah continues to send fighters in their thousands to support the Assad regime.
And as I have emphasized on a number of occasions, we should not dignify the hypocritical outbursts of Iranian officials with headlines. On the other hand, a swift blow to Tehran’s jaw by the UN Secretary-General — not to mention a major expansion of Iran’s opaque and ambiguous nuclear program — now those deserve headlines!