The central Iranian negotiating demand that its “right” to enrich uranium under the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty be acknowledged is spurious, Michael Makovsky and Blaise Misztal write Monday, July 9, in The Wall Street Journal
. By categorically refuting the claim, the United States and its international partners could fortify and clarify their stance against Iran’s nuclear program. Iran says it is not breaking any rules and has a right to enrich uranium. Earlier this year, its chief negotiator demanded that “any right which is indicated in the Nonproliferation Treaty should be respected.” The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) grants no such right. In fact, its text raises two problems for Iran’s assertion. First, enrichment isn’t specifically enumerated. Second, the right to peaceful use of nuclear energy is based on compliance with Article II of the treaty, but Iran has consistently violated its obligations under the treaty.