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The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Ali Asghar Soltanieh has criticized the agency's latest report on Iran, calling it a historic mistake.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Tehran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear program.
Yet, as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA, Iran has every right to develop and acquire nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Iran's civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
Press TV has interviewed with Sara Flounders, from the International Action Center, to share her opinion on this issue.
Following is the text of the interview:
Press TV: Iran has become the target of the US allegations of all types all proven so far to be unsubstantiated. What makes the US feel it can easily sell its weak arguments to rally support against Tehran?
Flounders: Well the US has done this again and again, asserted weapons of mass destruction against Iraq when none in fact existed and has for years put forth in a political propaganda that Iran had, or was developing nuclear weapons. When Iran has asserted again and again over years and submitted to countless inspections that its nuclear program is for peaceful development.
It is actually such a fraud and such a double standard. The US has more than ten thousand nuclear weapons. One trident submarine could end the life on earth. You have Israel with hundreds of nuclear weapons in complete violation of the Non-Proliferation Treaty and never awards that.
So it is in every sense a double standard and it is a way of exerting new pressure on Iran, new pressure for sanctions and also a way of ending any diplomatic possibilities to ratchet up pressure in the region and justify new military threats.
Press TV: Many believe the US is seeking to divert global attention from its economic recession and domestic protest. Will it be able to do so by making accusations against Iran?
Flounders: I don't think so because the accusations, well they have attention in the press and the UN and just after a meeting of the G20 when it is clear there is no solutions to the economic catastrophe that is facing working people in the US and throughout the West.
So every attempt is to take attention off of that and yet what they are faced with is a new movement in the US and also a movement throughout Europe that is refusing the policies of endless war, endless bailout to the banks and worsening conditions on the home front. No jobs, high tuitions, cut backs in health care and in pensions and the attention is very much focused on that today as we have seen in the Occupy Wall Street movement that is in cities now across the United Sates.
Press TV: And how effective do you think this movement can be in changing the policies of Washington?
Flounders: Well we are up against Israeli, the largest military machine in human history and hundreds of bases around the world, trident submarines, drone missiles, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and Libya, new threats of wars. It is a very dangerous time because always the drive is for war because it's a source of enormous profit to the very corporations said are more and more completely and in a crisis, in a economic crisis, in a meltdown and demanding a bailout.
So there is big forces that present a really dangerous threat to global peace and they use propaganda to justify an increase in their weaponry and so this is a time when Congress is looking at cutbacks and so there is a struggle going on whether what cuts will be, the pensions of working people or any of the weapons programs.
So of course this is a key time to be ratcheting up and creating a crisis with Iran. It immediately justifies new weapons systems.