Iran lawmakers threaten withdrawal from Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Nishat Hasan at 9:35 AM ET
[JURIST] Iranian lawmakers have sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile; BBC profile] threatening to withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text], which it signed in 1968, if "the U.N. Secretary General and other members of the U.N. Security Council fail in their crucial responsibility to resolve differences peacefully." The letter was read aloud on state-run radio on Sunday. Under Article 10 of the NPT:
Each Party shall in exercising its national sovereignty have the right to withdraw from the Treaty if it decides that extraordinary events, related to the subject matter of this Treaty, have jeopardized the supreme interests of its country. It shall give notice of such withdrawal to all other Parties to the Treaty and to the United Nations Security Council three months in advance. Such notice shall include a statement of the extraordinary events it regards as having jeopardized its supreme interests.
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