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Iran Withdrawal from NPT
Publication date: 2012-01-06

Why Iran Should Withdraw from the NPT and How

The Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) was signed on the First Day of July 1968 by the main “Nuclear Powers”: the USA, the USSR, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and was joined by other nation states, one of them being the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The declared intention of this treaty was “to achieve at the earliest possible date the cessation of the nuclear arms race and to undertake effective measures in the direction of nuclear disarmament”. This was at the time when the “Cold War” between the main nuclear powers the USA and the USSR began to become “warmer” (less hostile) and Mankind seemed to be moving towards a more “peaceful” world.

This movement towards a more peaceful world had been abruptly interrupted at the start of this century by the American wars of aggression against Afghanistan and Iraq.

Neither of these wars had valid legal reasons, and both were justified by false arguments and political demagogy.

The Organization of the United Nations has failed to prevent these wars, to stop these wars, to punish the aggressors (the USA and its accomplices) and to force the aggressors to pay reparations to the victim countries. This failure by the UN to preserve peace amounts to complicity with the American wars of aggression. Nor have any of the member states taken any effective steps to prevent or stop these wars of aggression, and some have joined the USA in their criminal acts.

Today the USA and its accomplices are continuing with their acts of aggression against the people of Asia and Africa and are actively preparing for a war against Iran.

Article X 1 of the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons provides possibility for withdrawal from the treaty of a state whose “interests” have been “jeopardized”, as follows:

“Each Party shall in exercising its national sovereignty have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this Treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country. It shall give notice of such withdrawal to all other Parties to the Treaty and to the United Nations Security Council three months in advance. Such notice shall include a statement of the extraordinary events it regards as having jeopardized its supreme interests.”

And today Iran is a state whose interests are in grave jeopardy of being attacked by the USA and its allies, and the USA are using the treaty as a pretext for hostile acts (sanctions, etc) against Iran while preparing for a full scale war of aggression.

There is no benefit for Iran to remain a member of the NPT. On the contrary by remaining its member Iran gives support for the proposition that the USA has right to develop and use any weapons and wage any wars of aggression with impunity, while Iran and other smaller nations have no right to defend themselves against American aggression. By withdrawing from the treaty Iran will assert its sovereign right to defend itself against American aggression by any weapons.

To withdraw from the treaty Iran needs to give a three months notice with a statement of reasons for the withdrawal. A specimen of such notice follows:

To the Parties to the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
and to the United Nations Security Council

Notice of Withdrawal
from the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

Take Notice that the Islamic Republic of Iran withdraws hereby from the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons with effect from ( Day Month Year — three months from the date of this notice ) for the following reasons:

  1. The United States of America and its allies (hereinafter “the aggressors”) are actively preparing for a war of aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran — all of which aggressor states are possessors and developers of nuclear weapons, and of other weapons of mass destruction and mass extermination.

  2. Within the past decade, the aggressors have committed and continue to commit acts of aggression against countries of Africa and Asia constituting multiple violations of the United Nations Charter and of the basic Principles of International Law, and the United Nations have failed to prevent these criminal acts, to punish the aggressors, and to compel the aggressors to pay for the results of their crimes.

  3. In view of the above the supreme interests of the Islamic Republic of Iran are in grave, real and immediate jeopardy, and, in the absence of any legal peaceful means to defend itself, the only means of defence available to the Islamic Republic of Iran are armed resistance to the pending aggression by any arms and weapons at its disposal.

  4. Given that the aggressor countries are possessors and developers of nuclear weapons and have known history of their use, it would be wrong for the Islamic Republic of Iran to accept any restrictions on development of any weapons to protect itself against the nuclearly armed aggressors.

  5. In view of the above reasons the Islamic Republic of Iran, while being totally opposed to wars of aggression and remaining committed to the Principles of International Law and to Global Nuclear Disarmament, has no choice but to withdraw from the Treaty on the Non‐Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons pursuant to Article X 1 of that treaty, as remaining a party to that unequal treaty, imposing restrictions on smaller nations, while allowing a group of aggressive countries to get away with any crimes, the Islamic Republic of Iran would fail in its duty to protect its people from the lawless aggressors.



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