Our “scoop” yesterday caught quite a few readers by surprise; some even doubted the credibility of our report. Since our post, the English version of Mousavian’s article has been released, but for your convenience we present selected quotes here:
The NPT, therefore, has been used by the West as an instrument of pressure against Iran and to falsely accuse Tehran of seeking nuclear weapons. Such tactics serve as a means to justify punitive measures and eventual military action. The NPT is effectively serving as a platform to deny the legitimate rights of Iran and to rally the international community in endorsing and implementing the most draconian multilateral and unilateral sanctions ever levied on Iran.
As a result, Iran is increasingly disillusioned with international conventions that forego its rights but expect full commitment to obligations. This has led Iran to view the NPT as a national security threat, which is being used as an instrument by warmongers in the United States to press for measures to achieve their ultimate goal—regime change.
Withdraw from the NPT and all WMD treaties. Iran can substitute the treaties with the supreme leader’s religious fatwa banning all WMDs. In this option, the West’s policy of “only obligations and no rights” would force Iran to change its posture on WMD conventions. This move will relieve Iran of its treaty obligations, which have been used by the West to place further sanctions on Tehran.
Withdrawing from the NPT has become an increasingly attractive option within the decision-making circles of the country.
From our perspective, the very suggestion that states can so callously shirk their responsibilities to legally binding, global instruments is particularly dangerous to international arms control efforts. Readers can peruse the entire article and decide for themselves.