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Israel has three days to stop Iran developing nuclear weapons, warns former U.S. ambassador

Israel has just days to launch a military strike and stop Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations has warned.

The deadline was set by outspoken former envoy John Bolton, who claimed that time was running out for the West to crush Tehran’s atomic ambitions.

He said Iran is planning to bring its first Bushehr reactor online on Saturday, when a shipment of nuclear fuel will be loaded into the plant’s core.

At that point, he said it would be too late for Israel to attack the facility because it would spread radiation and affect innocent Iranian civilians.

‘Once that uranium, once those fuel rods are very close to the reactor, certainly once they’re in the reactor, attacking it means a release of radiation, no question about it,’ said Mr Bolton.

‘So if Israel is going to do anything against Bushehr it has to move in the next eight days,’ he told Fox News in the U.S.

If the Israelis fail to act, Mr Bolton said: ‘Iran will achieve something that no other opponent of Israel, no other enemy of the United States in the Middle East really has and that is a functioning nuclear reactor.’

Tehran continues to insist it is only building its atomic plant for peaceful purposes to provide cheaper electricity. But Britain, the U.S. and other western powers claim the Iranians are covertly creating a nuclear warhead.

Non-Proliferation Treaty states Iran has the right to production of energy from nuclear technology

The U.S. is violating the nuclear non-proliferation treaty by attempting to block Iran’s efforts to produce enriched uranium–provided it is used to produce electric energy as Iran states–while the U.S. itself is planning a new generation of nuclear weapons.

The 1968 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty entered into force on March 5, 1970 when 187 parties joined the Treaty, including the then five nuclear-weapon states: United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China. More states have ratified the NPT than any other arms limitation and disarmament agreement.

Israel, Pakistan and India never signed the treaty and have since acquired nuclear weapons. Among these, Israel is believed to have the largest nuclear weapons stockpile estimated at 200 to 400 weapons.

Article 14 of UN Security Council Resolution 687, passed in 1991 at the conculusion of the Gulf War, has “the goal of establishing in the Middle East a zone free from weapons of mass destruction and all missiles for their delivery and the objective of a global ban on chemical weapons.” The UN has failed to move Israel toward this goal.

The Non-Proliferation Treaty was to be reviewed every five years, a provision which was reaffirmed by the States parties at the 1995 NPT Review and Extension Conference. At this Conference, the treaty was indefinitely extended.

Unlike Iran, whose nuclear facilities are open to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.S. has consistently shielded Israel from pressures to sign the Treaty, and/or to open its facilities to inspection by the IAEA.

The production of energy from nuclear technology is permitted under the treaty, and nuclear nations are obligated to share nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Article IV of the Treaty states:

1. Nothing in this Treaty shall be interpreted as affecting the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination and in conformity with Articles I and II of this Treaty.

2. All the Parties to the Treaty undertake to facilitate, and have the right to participate in, the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Parties to the Treaty in a position to do so shall also co-operate in contributing alone or together with other States or international organizations to the further development of the applications of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, especially in the territories of non-nuclear-weapon States Party to the Treaty, with due consideration for the needs of the developing areas of the world.

Provided it uses enriched uranium for peaceful purposes, Iran is in compliance with the Treaty. The U.S. by atempting to block Iran’s peaceful uses of nuclear energy would be violating the Treaty.