Ambassador M. Javad Zarif's Letter to the New York Times and Washington Post on, "The Unfounded Comparisons Between Iran's Peaceful Nuclear Program and Other Countries' Nuclear Activities"

October 11, 2006

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Related Country: 

  • Iran

In the Name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful

The Government of Islamic Republic of Iran strongly rejects any comparison of Iran 's nuclear program with other countries. Iran 's nuclear program is legal, fully within the framework of the Non-Proliferation Treaty, peaceful, and transparent.

After more than 2200 inspector days of inspection of Iran 's nuclear facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has concluded that there is no evidence of diversion of nuclear material to military objectives. The latest report by the IAEA's Director-General, Dr. Mohammad El Baradei, dated August 31, 2006 , states: " Iran has been providing the Agency with access to nuclear material and facilities, and has provided the required reports."

Iran 's leadership has repeatedly denounced the manufacturing, stockpiling, and use of nuclear weapons on moral, religious, and political grounds. Iran is convinced that the proliferation of nuclear weapons is harmful to the cause of world peace and stability.

Iran has called for a nuclear-weapons free zone in the Middle East and has also expressed concerns about the lack of commitment of certain state parties to the Non-Proliferation Treaty respecting their obligations to disarm.

Iran believe that the absence of meaningful and global nuclear disarmament must be an urgent priority of the international community.

Unfortunately, these important facts about Iran are often ignored in the US media and, instead, Iran has been subjected to a massive campaign of deliberate disinformation. We urge the respected members of the media to refrain from drawing unfounded comparisons between Iran and other countries and to keep the above-stated facts about Iran in consideration when reporting on Iran .