The NPT Review Conference: Monday, May 3rd
By Malte Andre, IPPNW-Germany
Being honest to ourselves, President Mahmud Ahmadinejad gave a very modest speech at the NPT Review Conference today. He followed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the religious leader of Iran, who recently issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons, by calling nuclear weapons “disgusting and shameful”. Furthermore, the Iranian President criticized the leadership role of the US in both, the United Nations Security Council and the NPT reviewing process.
By introducing some steps to improve the disarmament actions making them legally-binding without discrimination or precondition, Ahmadinejad seeked more credibility in the international community.
Later in the evening US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would answer that the “US will do its part.” These statements may have provided some hope unless Mrs Clinton threatened all states ”breaking the rules”, they had to pay a high price if they did.
Did we all forget Condoleeza Rice’s statements concerning Saddam Hussein whom she suspected to develop nuclear devices in hidden places in 2003? Back then, the US did not wait until the final proof, which they said, would have been a mushroom cloud coming out of Saddam’s smoking gun.
Finally, every audience has to decide on his own whom to believe, Clinton or Ahmadinejad.