NYT Implies Iran Doesn’t Really Have a Right to Uranium Enrichment Under the NPT

by Oct 23, 2013Foreign Policy0 comments

On the matter of Iran's talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and France) plus German (the so-called "P5+1" group), the New York Times reports: 'Iran has insisted that the West acknowledge its “right” to enrich uranium as part of a negotiated compromise that put limits on its nuclear program, a step the Americans here did not publicly take.' The placement of the single word "right" in quotes, of course, implies that Iran doesn't really have such a right, it only claims to. This is a recurring propaganda theme in the Times.

On the matter of Iran’s talks with the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council (the U.S., U.K., Russia, China, and France) plus German (the so-called “P5+1” group), the New York Times reports:

Iran has insisted that the West acknowledge its “right” to enrich uranium as part of a negotiated compromise that put limits on its nuclear program, a step the Americans here did not publicly take.

The placement of the single word “right” in quotes, of course, implies that Iran doesn’t really have such a right, it only claims to. This is a recurring propaganda theme in the Times. As I’ve pointed out previously:

The Times wants its readers to believe that this is a right Iranian officials are claiming to have that doesn’t really exist. Well, let’s just see what the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Iran and the U.S. are both party has to say about that:

Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes….

That includes the enrichment process, of course.

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