Left: Iranian President Ahmadinejad
(Tehran, Iran) President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran said today that any resolutions passed by the UN Security Council that were contrary to Iran's interests would have "no value" to the country.
"If international bodies acted contrary to international laws and if their resolutions threatened our national interests, then such resolutions would have no value for us," Ahmadinejad said.
The Iranian parliament today also threatened to force the government to withdraw from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty if the US and its allies kept pressuring Iran to suspend its uranium enrichment program.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, the Iranian legislators warned that the dispute over Iran's nuclear program must be resolved "peacefully, (or) there will be no option for the parliament but to ask the government to withdraw its signature" from treaty provisions.
US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, in predictable Boltonian fashion, downplayed the significance of the Iranian statements.
"This is a typical Iranian threat. It shows they remain desperate to conceal that their nuclear program is in fact a weapons program," he said. "I'm confident that these statements from Iran will not deter the sponsors of the draft resolution from proceeding in the Security Council."
The sponsors of the resolution - the US, France, and Britain - may proceed, but they must still convince Russia and China of the worthiness of the action. Both countries have repeatedly expressed reluctance to confront Iran at this stage.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi urged the UN Security Council to vote down any attempts to impose sanctions on Iran.
"Intervention by the UN Security Council would change the path of cooperation to confrontation. We recommend they do not do this," he said. "The UN Security Council should not take any action that it cannot later undo. We won't give up our rights and the issue of suspension (of uranium enrichment) is not on our agenda."
It is clear that Iran recognizes the difficulty in which the US finds itself. With troops tied down in Afghanistan and Iran, the US has no credible military threat beyond air strikes; the balloon that was floated last month of nuking Iran was met with widespread condemnation by the international community, and President Bush was forced to disavow the plan.
While "all options remain on the table," as President Bush said last month, the US must now attempt to save face since it appears that the American military bluff has been called by Iran.
Unless, of course, the military option has been the preferred path all along, in which case I may begin to invest in gold, canned goods, and a .30-06 Springfield.
Sorry. It's a cynical Sunday.