Iran-U.S. relations crux of the problem
Filed Under: Politics, World | Posted: 11/16/2007 at 10:47AM
Comments | Region: Indonesia
In spite of the fact that the UN’s watchdog agency has suggested that Iran is getting more cooperative in dealing with the agency’s inspection on the country’s uranium enrichment activities, the bilateral relationship between the United States and Iran is likely to remain tense.
Whether the Islamic Republic is a threat to the world, the United States has already wide ranging sanctions to Iran. The main reason of imposing such sanctions, however, is rather ambiguous. Has the United States been suspecting Iran of having its hidden agenda behind its nuclear facilities or targeting the Iran’s Revolutionary Guards? Or both?
Whatever the reason is, Washington’s attitude towards the latest report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is not showing any positive signals that can fix the both countries relations.
While Mohamed ElBaradei of the IAEA said that Iran’s nuclear projection is far away from producing nuclear bomb, Admiral William Fallon of the U.S. Central Command once said, as reported in BBC, that a strike on Iran was not ‘in the offing.’
Is it true that Iran is eying developing nuclear weapons, which can endanger the world, as accused by the U.S. and its allies?
The Iranian government’s unwillingness in cooperating with the IAEA in the past surely had left much suspicion to the IAEA as to whether Iran’s nuclear program is peaceful. And looking at the fact that Iran’s nuclear plant, according to some sources, potential for producing scores of nuclear bombs every year, it is understood why the U.S. and its allies prefer to stay on their skeptical line.
Speaking of nuclear, Iran’s words of saying that every nation deserves to develop its own nuclear energy is a common justification. Furthermore, countries being signatories of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) have automatically agreed upon promoting cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy while preventing the production of nuclear weapons. The controversy here is that Iran is one of the NPT signatories, but the West, particularly the U.S. and Israel, have been reiterating that Iran is seeking nuclear weapons.
Perhaps it is a vicious circle within the internationally political arena, but nothing is better than soothing the current tense between Washington and Tehran. The both countries’ relation is now the crux of the world’s problem, but the world cannot afford another war.