Throughout history there are numerous examples where unrestrained power, whether held by a single individual or a state has led to belligerent and irresponsible behavior. Today the global community witnesses in the United States a nation that has arrogated itself into a position well outside the boundaries of international law where it does not recognize the rules, organizations, or norms that limit its interests or freedom of action - whether it is the Kyoto agreement, the International Criminal Court, the Geneva Convention, or the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty.
What has been hailed as a major shift in U.S. policy by offering to talk to Iran with a precondition of complete halt to Uranium enrichment is nothing but a PR ploy designed to win public opinion and solidify support among the European allies as well as convincing the Chinese and Russian veto wielding members of UN Security Council to get on board with the American master plan. A plan that has been and remains to be regime change and transformation of the country to one totally under U.S. control much as it was under the Shah until the 1979 Islamic revolution.
There is absolutely no justification requiring Iran to cease a legal activity allowed and exercised by every other NPT signatory state. But then again double standards never get in the way of US foreign policy.
While continuously accusing Iran of seeking to develop nuclear weapons without evidence, countries like India, Pakistan, and Israel that already possess illegal nuclear weapon stockpiles acquired outside of NPT rules and haven't signed the treaty are given a free pass and treated as allies. After three years of intensive inspections, IAEA inspectors have yet to find any indication that Iran has or ever had a nuclear weapons program. Yet the public has been duped by the intentionally misleading rhetoric and blatant lies to build the case for regime change.
Iran may have a radical and unpopular government, but so does North Korea, yet the diplomatic route and direct talks with them was without any preconditions.
Of course, North Korea is not of a major strategic interest to Unites States because they don't own and control that precious commodity known as oil.
... Payvand News - 6/5/06 ... --