Iran's Parliament Sends Letter to U.N. General Secretary

May 22, 2006

The Associated Press reported on April 30 that members of the Iranian parliament sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan saying they were considering withdrawing from the nuclear non-proliferation treaty (NPT).

The lawmakers said they would have "no option" but to ask the government to withdraw if the U.N. chief and the Security Council "fail in their crucial responsibility to resolve differences peacefully."

The U.S. wants to invoke Chapter 7 of the U.N. charter that would allow economic sanctions or military action, if necessary, to force Iran's compliance.

The Iranian letter said parliament might pass legislation ordering President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's government to review procedures for pulling out of the nuclear treaty, which signatories may do if they decide extraordinary events have jeopardized their "supreme interests.

Iran's president also told the Iranian news agency that "If a signature on an international treaty causes the rights of a nation be violated, that nation will reconsider its decision and that treaty will be invalid."