Clinton Warns Iran Against ‘Disrupting’ NPT Conference

Insists Conference Must Focus on Iran's 'Violations'

Following yesterday’s announcement that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had requested a US visa to attend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued a warning.

Clinton warned that Ahmadinejad had better not try to “cause confusion that might possibly throw into doubt what Iran has been up to,” insisting that it was “indisputable” that they are in violation of the NPT.

Despite repeated claims by the Obama Administration to that effect, neither the US nor any other nation has ever presented any evidence that Iran was in violation of the NPT, and the IAEA’s claims have strictly been limited to the additional demands imposed upon Iran through the UN Security Council, and not the treaty itself.

Clinton expressed concern that the Iranian president would “disrupt” the conference from what she sees as its primary purpose, which is to rail against Iran’s civilian nuclear program.

Exactly what Ahmadinejad intends to do at the summit is unclear, but there has been speculation that he may put forth additional proposals on the third party enrichment deal, something the US has repeatedly claimed Iran never responded to.

Author: Jason Ditz

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