Iran Seeks Global Ban on Attacking Nuclear Sites

Repeated Israeli Threats Not Behind Call, Iran Insists

The Iranian government has today issued a proposal to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to pass a broadly worded global ban on all military attacks on nuclear installations. The proposal would be considered at the IAEA conference next month.

Though the IAEA passed a similar ban in September of 1990, Iran says that the growing number of nuclear facilities across the world and the threat of fallout spreading in the wake of such an attack made a fresh resolution warranted.

Despite the seemingly obvious impetus for this resolution, the repeated threats to attack Iran by both Israel and the United States and the likelihood that the Bushehr reactor would be one of the major targets hit in such an attack, Iran denies that the threats led to the call, saying they were “not afraid of Israel.”

The Obama Administration has repeatedly accused Iran of developing a nuclear weapon, though Iran denies this and the IAEA concedes that there is no evidence to support the allegation. The most recent National Intelligence Estimate from the US likewise insists that Iran has abandoned any attempts at creating a nuclear weapon.

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