Moscow – Iran Nuclear Summit 2012

June 21, 2012

By Padmini Arhant

Moscow hosted the summit on Iran’s civilian nuclear program.

UNSC permanent members plus Germany i.e. P5+1 and EU foreign secretary Catherine Ashton along with Iran held talks this week on Iran’s nuclear development maintained by the Islamic Republic as involvement for civil purpose such as isotopes in nuclear medicine and energy option.

Although there was no consensus arrived at this session, the agreement to attend next meeting scheduled in Istanbul, Turkey on July 2 – 3, 2012, providing technical details is significant.

Besides the host nation Russia’s initiative to encourage dialogue by creating an opportunity to share thoughts and grievances is praiseworthy.

Iran having complied with every western powers i.e. United States, England, Israel and key EU members’ demand justifiably seeking removal of economic sanctions and financial transaction SWIFT and other facility reactivation.

Oil embargo on Iran is affecting rest of the world especially developing nations and austerity imposed euro zone nations more than Iran despite Saudi Arabia increased crude oil output to exacerbate Iranian population suffering.

For amicable resolution the disputing parties cooperation would have enormous impact in alleviating tension alongside rewarding one another for incremental progress that could lead to mutually desirable outcome.

In this instance, Iran’s adherence to western sponsored IAEA and UN inspection and further willingness to allow additional verification in any controversial sites deserves recognition revoking crippling economic sanctions that are major impediments in eliminating undercurrents on nuclear discourse.

Additionally, Iran consent to uranium enrichment threshold of 20% – internationally acknowledged limit barring advancement to nuclear weapon status combined with request for neutral nuclear states shipment of remaining fissile material exclusively to enhance medical treatment saving lives is a step in the right direction and merits western powers reconciliation.

Iran with all of these proposals and exemplified actions has met western requirements including cohesive participation guaranteed in the coming weeks on nuclear components and proportion to be evaluated prior to moving ahead on the chartered civilian nuclear goals.

Similarly, Israel being the other side having put forth numerous conditions on Iran through strong ally United States and EU is also obligatory to honor international treaty by submitting to Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) and most importantly Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty (FMCT) for fairness and credibility.

Israel’s conciliatory response would then justify concerns on potential nuclear threat from Iran and,

Also address similar apprehension among Arab neighbors regarding Israel’s covert nuclear warheads posing imminent danger in the region.

Unlike Israel, Iran has no nuclear weapons in possession with nuclear capability not on the agenda considering Iran’s head of the political system Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s anti-nuclear stance following Islamic faith as religion of peace forbid weapons of mass destruction.

Poignantly United States and Israeli intelligence as well as military until now has confirmed Iran’s non-nuclear weapon status.

Hence, speculations on Iran’s nuclear ambition unnecessarily contribute to hostility with ramped up military incursions on the Persian Gulf.

Notwithstanding Israel’s existential preparation to attack Iran’s nuclear site sadly ignoring self-devastation and inevitable endangerment of U.S. troops across Middle East, Islamic nations in Central Asia and Indian sub-continent.

The cavalier approach in the face of evidences clarifying otherwise supported by western agencies monitoring Iran’s engagement together with series of multilateral exchange would be counterproductive.

Western powers reciprocation in lifting all sanctions against Iran would enable anticipated milestones on the contentious nuclear issue.

While the world patiently awaits peaceful settlement on nuclear matter between Israel and Iran,

Nuclear disarmament and nuclear energy abandonment is incumbent upon all nuclear and non-nuclear states to ensure global security.

The universal commitment in this regard is the only way forward for life existence and planet sustenance.

Good Luck! To Israel and Iran in succeeding on bilateral peace accord for the safety and prosperity of present and future generation not only in their domain but the world at large.

Peace to all!

Thank you.

Padmini Arhant


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