Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Guilan; the province of four seasons

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: On the southern coast of Caspian Sea tranquilly lies a magnificent land considered by many Iranians as a rendezvous where they can turn the ordinariness and boredom of tedious holidays into memorable and unforgettable moments: Guilan.

Guilan is one of Iran's three Northern provinces adjacent to the Caspian Sea. It's conventionally referred to as "North" by many Iranian citizens, especially those who live in giant, polluted cities such as Tehran where people hardly have the chance to behold the marvelous beauty of rain, forest and nightingales.

The archeological excavations reveal that the history of habitation in Guilan dates back to the age of Medes, an ancient Iranian tribe who lived in the northwestern parts of the present day Iran some 3700 years ago. Medes first resided in these parts in the late second millennium BC during the Bronze Age collapse.

Archaeologists believe the inhabitants of Caspian Sea's littoral districts were historically skillful in hunting animals such as cows, deer, swine and gazelles. The splendid artifacts and remnants of handicrafts found during the excavations of Guilan signify that the early Guilanis were also dexterous and competent in arts.

Renowned historians such as Henry Field and Arthur Keith believe the civilization of Caspian Sea's southern coastline dates back to 5,000 years; however, some scholars have gone so far to assert the civilization of Guilan is more than 7,000 years old and has affected the neighboring civilizations such as that of Assyrians. According to Arnold Wilson and Henry Filed, the early inhabitants of the Iranian Plateau were the people who resided in what is now considered to be the province of Guilan.


Monday, June 28, 2010

Interview with Prof. William O. Beeman

Kourosh Ziabari - Prof. William O. Beeman is the head of anthropology department at the University of Minnesota. His inimitable and independent approach toward the current affairs of Iran, one of the most controversial countries of the world, resembles the attitude of Noam Chomsky in terms of perspective and mindset and has cost him his reputation, professional credit.

Regrettably, he was insulted and attacked by a number of American mainstream media and fanatic neoconservatives over the past years and even his academic colleagues blamed him for what they considered to be his support for the main pivot of the “axis of evil”.

Prof. Beeman who speaks the Persian language fluently believes that Iranian people should not be treated with disdain and arrogance since their ancient superiority and historical backgrounds causes them to be resistant toward the hostile rhetoric and inimical literature.

He says that it’s not justifiable with any conscious and knowledgeable mind to allow Israel to accumulate an arsenal of 200 atomic warheads while putting lethal pressure on Iran to suspend its civilian nuclear program.

In an interview for the Foreign Policy Journal, I talked to Prof. Beeman on a variety of Iran-involved topics including the media propaganda, nuclear dossier and the prospect of revolution.

Interview with Charles Glass

Kourosh Ziabari: Charles Glass is an American political journalist, author and broadcaster specializing in the Middle East affairs. From 1983 to 1993, he was the chief Middle East correspondent of the ABC News. His articles and commentaries have appeared on The Independent, Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, New Statesman and Harper’s Magazine. In 1976, he was granted the Overseas Press Club Award for his radio reporting of the death of Palestinians at the Beirut refugee camp at Tel el Zaatar. In 1986, Glass interviewed the hostage crew of TWA flight 847 on the tarmac of Beirut Airport. He broke the news that the hijackers had removed the hostages from the plane and hidden them in the suburbs of Beirut, causing the Reagan Administration to abort a rescue attempt. In his recent book the “Americans in Paris”, Charles Glass has retold the true story of the thousands of American who stayed in Paris during the Nazi occupation.

Glass took part in an interview with Daily News Corner to discuss the recent developments in the Middle East including the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the prospect of Iran’s nuclear standoff and the role of United States in the current state of affairs in the region.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

9/11 is an unsolved crime: U.S. journalist


Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: American journalist and author Christopher Bollyn says 9/11 was an Israeli false-flag operation meant to kick-start the Zionist-designed “war on terror”.
He made the remarks earlier this week during an email interview with freelance journalist Kourosh Ziabari.

Mr. Bollyn added that Iran is probably the main target since foreign oil corporations and big capital have designs on Iran. Following is the text of the interview:

Q: Could you explain why you think Mossad and CIA were involved in 9/11 terrorist attacks?

A: The earliest evidence of Israeli involvement in 9-11 was actually revealed in the news on the very day of the terror attacks and shortly thereafter, but never followed up in the mainstream media.

First, there was the van of 5 Israelis who were arrested in New Jersey on 9-11. This group, which included two Mossad agents known to U.S. law enforcement, had been observed videotaping the destruction of the Twin Towers with themselves celebrating in front of the camera, flicking their lighters and laughing with the burning towers in the background across the river. These Israelis worked for a fake moving company, Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken, New Jersey, which actually turned out to be a Mossad front operation. Dominic Suter, the head of the phony company, was allowed to escape to Israel shortly after 9-11 although he was a terror suspect being investigated by the FBI. The five Israelis, some of whom refused or failed lie detector tests, were caught in possession of multiple passports, box cutters, and a large amount of cash stuffed in their socks. Their van tested positive for explosives when checked by New Jersey police, at least until the FBI took over the investigation. When the five Mossadniks were returned to Israel in November 2001, three of them appeared on a popular television show and openly admitted that their mission had been to document the terror attacks. Who had given them this mission was not discussed.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Interview with Christopher Bollyn

Kourosh Ziabari - Christopher Bollyn is an American journalist and researcher. He is widely known for his extensive researches on the September 11, 2001 attacks which reveal that Israel has been complicit in planning and carrying out the terrorist attacks that cost the lives of 2,976 victims and left more than 6,000 injured. The U.S. government under ex-President Bush introduced the paramilitary group Al-Qaida as the main culprit of the attacks and adopted an aggressive policy towards the Muslim nations thereafter It also enacted the USA PATRIOT Act that would enable the U.S. government to search and investigate the telephone and email communications of the U.S. citizens under the pretext of discovering and mapping out the possible threats to the U.S. national security. Bollyn has written on the U.S. – Israel relations comprehensively and believes that a powerful corporate cartel of Zionists control and mastermind the large-scale U.S. foreign policy.

What follows is the full text of an in-depth interview with Christopher Bollyn in which we've discussed the post 9-11 "War on Terrorism" project devised by the Bush administration, the complicity of the state of Israel in the 9-11 attacks, the fate of Israeli regime in the wake of its growing isolation, the stance of United States administration towards Iran's nuclear dossier and the double standards it exercises with regards to the Israel's military nuclear program.


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Interview with Czech Ambassador in Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - The fate of longstanding conflict over Iran’s nuclear dossier, the duplicitous stance of the West towards the Israel’s atomic program, the prospect of Iran – EU relations and the role of Iran in the world’s political equations are the topics which the international community is immensely interested in knowing and reading about.

Josef Havlas is the ambassador of the Czech Republic in the Islamic Republic of Iran. During his diplomatic career, he served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to Japan (1995-2000) and Ireland (2003-2008), as well as Deputy Director of the Dept. for External Economic Relations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2000-2003). He has been chairing the Czech embassy in Tehran since January 2009.

The following is the full text of Daily News Corner’s exclusive interview with Mr. Josef Havlas in which the mutual relations between Iran and Czech and a number of other relevant issues have been discussed.


Saturday, June 19, 2010

Crimes by Israel, Sanctions for Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: The Iranian nation is not unfamiliar with the double standards of the so-called superpowers. The history of Iran’s relations with the western and eastern powers is full of examples of deceitfulness, dishonesty and fraudulence. The recent U.S.-proposed Russia-backed United Nations Security Council resolution against Iran over its nuclear program is simply one example out of hundreds which demonstrate that the big powers have not been honest with Iran.

While the international community is witness to the blatant felonies of the Israel regime in the occupied territories of Gaza and West Bank, the United Nations Security Council blindly voted in favor of an unfair and unjustifiable round of sanctions against Iran for the Islamic republic is developing its civilian nuclear program without foreign help.

The new round of sanctions against Iran comes in the wake of Israel’s continued blockade of the Gaza Strip in violation of the UNSC resolution 1860 which demanded Tel Aviv last year to end the illegal siege and allow the humanitarian aid to be transferred to the besieged enclave. Furthermore the UNSC resolution against Iran was adopted when the international community was expecting a decisive international reaction against Israel’s brutal assault on the flotilla of aid ships in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Crimes by Israel, Sanctions for Iran

Kourosh Ziabari - The Iranian nation is not unfamiliar with the double standards of the superpowers anymore. The history of Iran's relations with the western and eastern superpowers is filled with deceitfulness, dishonesty and fraudulence. The recent U.S.-proposed, Russia-backed United Nations Security Council resolution against Iran over its nuclear program is simply one example out of hundreds of instances which demonstrate that the big powers have not ever been honest and sincere with Iran.

While the international community is witness to the flagrant, ceaseless and unrelenting felonies of the illegitimate regime of Israel in the occupied territories of Gaza and West Bank, United Nations Security Council blindly voted in favor of an unfair, unilateral and unjustifiable round of sanctions against the most pacifist and peace-lover country in the region simply because it wants to progress its civilian nuclear program domestically and without foreign intervention.

The new round of sanctions against Iran comes in the wake of Israel's continued blockade of the Gaza strip in violation of the UNSC resolution 1860 which demanded Tel Aviv last year to end the siege and allow the humanitarian aids to be transferred to the beleaguered enclave. More interestingly, the UNSC resolution against Iran was adopted while the international community was expecting a decisive and clear-cut reaction to Israel's assault on the convoy of humanitarian aid heading from Turkey towards the Gaza strip.

Israel's recent incursion into the sailboats of Freedom Flotilla which cost the lives of 20 peace activists and left 50 others wounded was a clear and untainted violation of Fourth Geneva Convention and the Rome Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation of 1988. Let's pose a simple question: what would happen if it was Iran that had attacked the Freedom Flotilla? Would the reaction of UNSC have been the same?


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Sunday, June 13, 2010

A futilidade das resoluções do Conselho de Segurança da ONU

Kourosh Ziabari - O Conselho de Segurança, que desde seu estabelecimento tem tomado decisões discriminatórias contra vários países do mundo, especialmente em relação às nações não alinhadas que tentam escapar da hegemonia das superpotências, é notório por seu habitual padrão de um peso e duas medidas e está claro para todo mundo que suas resoluções são, na maioria das vezes, nada mais que fúteis, ineficazes, tendenciosas e não vinculantes.

Desde 1948, o Conselho de Segurança adotou 223 resoluções condenando as violações de Israel à lei internacional, inclusive a ocupação de território palestino, incursões unilaterais em territórios libaneses e sírios, desenvolvimento de armas nucleares, deportação de cidadãos palestinos de seus lares e construção ilegal de assentamentos na Cisjordânia. Curiosamente, o regime israelense não deu atenção a qualquer uma dessas resoluções e o CS nunca colocou em prática as suas exigências para responsabilizar Telavive pela manutenção contínua de flagrante rebeldia em relação às leis internacionais.

Por exemplo, a resolução de número 487 exigiu que Israel colocasse suas instalações nucleares sob abrangente vigilância da Agência Internacional de Energia Atômica (AIEA). Israel nunca atendeu à demanda e o CS nunca processou Israel pela sua desobediência à resolução.

Em outro exemplo, o Conselho de Segurança adotou seis resoluções seguidas, após a invasão do Líbano por Israel, em 1982, exigindo que o país cessasse as atividades militares e retirasse suas forças do território do país vizinho, mas Israel se recusou a aceitar as resoluções, até que a de número 517 foi aprovada, na qual Telavive foi fortemente censurada por sua recusa em obedecer as resoluções do CS emitidas a partir de março de 1982.

O estado criminoso de Israel, desde seu estabelecimento, atacou todas as suas nações vizinhas em várias ocasiões, levando o CS a adotar várias resoluções, entretanto, elas nunca foram além de declarações políticas, que eram no mínimo meras reações espontâneas à brutalidade de Israel no Oriente Médio ...

Friday, June 11, 2010

The futility of UNSC resolutions

Kourosh Ziabari - Global Research: Although the United Nations Security Council, which some politicians believe is one of the most undemocratic organizations in the world, voted in favor of a fourth round of sanctions against Iran over its uranium enrichment program, the global public opinions are well aware of the fact that 15 countries, 5 of which are entitled to remain in an unquestionable monopoly and dominance, cannot in reality represent the interests of the international community.

The Security Council, which since its establishment has made discriminatory decisions against the world countries, especially the non-aligned nations who typically try to escape from the hegemony of superpowers, is notorious for its habitual exercise of double standards and it's clear to everyone that its resolutions are more often than not futile, ineffective, biased and unbinding.

Since 1948, the Security Council has adopted 223 resolutions in condemnation of Israel 's violations of international law, including the occupation of Palestinian lands, unilateral incursions into the Lebanese and Syrian soils, developing nuclear weapons, deporting the Palestinian citizens from their homes and building illegal settlements in the West Bank . Interestingly, the Israeli regime did not pay attention to any of these resolutions and the UNSC never pursued its demands to hold Tel Aviv accountable for its continued, flagrant defiance of international regulations.

For instance, the UNSC resolution 487 demanded Israel to put its nuclear facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Israel never heeded the call and the UNSC never sued Israel for its inattentiveness to the resolution.

As another example, the Security Council adopted six consequent resolutions in the wake of 1982 Lebanon War, calling on Israel to cease its military activities and withdraw its forces from the Lebanese territory, but Israel refused to accept the resolutions until the resolution 517 was adopted in which Tel Aviv was strongly censured for its failure to obey the UNSC resolutions since March 1982.

The criminal state of Israel , since its establishment, attacked all of its neighboring countries on various occasions and incited UNSC resolutions; however, these resolutions never went beyond political statements which were the least spontaneous reactions to Israel 's brutality in the Middle East . On March 21, 1968, Israel fought the Battle of Karameh by attacking the Karameh district of Jordan, killing 40 to 84 Jordanians and 100 to 200 Palestinians. The massive attacked was followed by UNSC resolution 248 in which the "flagrant violation of the UN Charter" was strongly condemned by all of the UNSC members, even the United States; however, this verbal condemnation was the sole reaction of the Security Council to Israel's violence.

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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Erdogan versus gang of Tel Aviv

Kourosh Ziabari - Tehran Times: Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received global admiration for adopting a strong stance against the murderous regime that rules Israel today.

The Turkish prime minister severely criticized thuggish Israeli politicians for ordering the murder of international peace activists at Freedom Flotilla on high seas that was carrying humanitarian aid for the people of Gaza and to break the three-year-long illegal siege imposed by the Israelis over the Gaza Strip. His message was blunt: “A bloody regime, now in power in Israel, must be surely punished. Even pirates and bandits do not touch unarmed people, children, elders, and they did it. And these people try without shame to justify themselves.”

Under the blockade, people of Gaza have been grappling with deteriorating economic and social situation and the Strip badly needs humanitarian aid. More than 80 percent of the Gaza Strip's 1.5 million population lives under poverty line. The unemployment rate of the coastal enclave hit 41.3 percent in 2008. According to the United Nations' World Food Program, some 70 percent of Gaza's population is facing food insecurity and a vast majority is dependant on assistance from the United Nations.

According to the World Health Organization, 98 percent industrial units in Gaza have been shut down and there is acute shortage of fuel, money, cooking gas and other basic supplies due to Israel's relentless blockade of the enclave since June 2007.


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Understanding OCD patients

Kourosh Ziabari - Sometimes, you might think that they’re intentionally bothering you by asking a single question tens of times or calling your cell phone indefatigably while you’re attending a crucial meeting in the headquarters of your company. You may also feel that they’re advertently aware of what they’re doing while they try to infer from the past years the details of an incident which you both equally dislike to speak about. You may get angry at them when they incessantly state a single sentence which you estimate you’ve heard three thousands times before; however, it may be difficult for you to believe that it’s not in their personality to disturb you and make you irritated at the things which you try to evade. It’s not their intention to do such a thing. They’re compulsively bound to do it. Just think of a minimum possibility that they’re suffering from OCD: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

The 21st century is no longer the age of diabetes, hepatitis, tuberculosis, influenza or typhoid. The communications era has brought into light a new generation of diseases which the early man was ignorantly unable to diagnose and cure.

With an iconic representation of frequent hand-washing, OCD is one of the most paralyzing mental disorders which is mainly diagnosable in the young adults older than 18. According to the U.S. Census Bureau Population Estimates by Demographic Characteristics, Approximately 2.2 million American adults aged 18 and older, or about 1.0 percent of people in this age group in a given year, have OCD.
OCD is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) and repetitive, ritualized behaviors (compulsions). The indications of OCD are so complicated and intricate that may be conflated with those of anticipatory anxiety. The regular symptoms of OCD include, but not limited to, repeated counting, checking, washing, regulating, ordering, and asking. OCD patients are also sometimes diagnosed with the symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder and social anxiety disorder.

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Monday, June 07, 2010

Erdogan; the New Hero of Islamic World

Kourosh Ziabari - The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stirred up international appreciation after he courageously blasted the Tel Aviv leaders for the bloody massacre of the peace activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla convoy of humanitarian aids which was heading towards the besieged Gaza strip to break the three-year-long blockade of the war-stricken enclave.

The beleaguered Gaza strip has been grappling with deteriorating economic and social situation over the past three years and needs urgent humanitarian aids to be disentangled from the growing crisis it's facing. More than 80% of the Gaza strip's 1.5m population lives under poverty threshold. The unemployment rate of the enclave hit 41.3% in 2008. According to the United Nations' World Food Program (WFP), some 70 percent of Gaza's population is food insecure and the vast majority is dependant on assistance from the United Nations to cover its basic needs.

According to the World Health Organization, 98 percent of industrial operations in Gaza have been shut down and there are acute shortages of fuel, cash, cooking gas and other basic supplies due to Israel's blockade of the enclave since 2007.

Israel's military operation in Gaza in the late 2008 and early 2009 led to the destruction of more than 7,500 Palestinian homes and displacement of some 3,500 families; however, Tel Aviv's prevention of the entry of infrastructural and building materials have impeded the reconstruction of the ruined homes and those 3,500 families are still living without any shelter and protection.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Israel invites the world to revolt!

Kourosh Ziabari - Global Research: Over the past 60 years, the racist regime of Israel has been continually scoffing the international community under the cover of "deliberate ambiguity" to develop one of the most perilous nuclear arsenals in the world. According to the Federation of American Scientists, Israel possesses more than 200 nuclear warheads which are simply adequate to evaporate the whole world in a matter of moments.

Israel which is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East and one of the three non-signatories to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty has blatantly rejected the appeal of the 189 signatories of the NPT, including its key ally the United States, to sign up to the treaty and put its nuclear facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The 2010 NPT review conference which wrapped up on May 28 in New York and was attended by the representatives from the NPT member states called on the five United Nations Security Council permanent members to move towards eliminating their nuclear arsenals and affirmed the necessity of Israel's joining the treaty and abiding by its international obligations with regards to nuclear non-proliferation.

Zionist officials, however, rejected the appeal and resorted to the excuse that Israel is not signatory to the NPT, so they're not legally obliged to reveal the information related to their nuclear arsenal, nor are they responsible for reducing their atomic weapons, let alone eliminating them whatsoever.

Israel which has been recurrently given impunity from international laws by the United States and enjoyed imperviousness to any kind of legal and judicial responsibility before the international community with regards to its criminal acts of mass murder, ethnic cleansing and collective punishment is now reminding the public opinions of the chauvinistic and mischievous apartheid regime of South Africa which was ruled by the National Party government between 1948 and 1994.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

Flotilla assault serves to isolate Israel

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Israel's brutal nature is comprehensibly evident to everyone. The independent nations of the world in Asia, Africa and Latin America know well that Israel's existence is blended with inhumanity and violence.

Even the ordinary people in the Northern America and Europe are well aware of the fact that Israel is an insane and vicious regime; it's only their respective governments who refuse to submit to the reality of Israel and believe that this rogue state does not benefit the international community in any way.

Israel's suicidal incursion into the flotilla of humanitarian aids which was heading from Turkey to the besieged Gaza strip once again discredited the flimsy legitimacy of Tel Aviv. As Trudy Rubin, the pro-Israel columnist of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote on Thursday, this "botched" attack neared Israel to an irreparable loss: its diplomatic ties with Turkey.

The pro-Zionist writer, who repeatedly called Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an emotional man in her article, fears that Israel's thoughtless and hysterical treatment of the peace activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla might lead to Tel Aviv's growing isolation and its separation from its sole Muslim partner in the Middle East.

Rubbin refers to her 2008 interview with Mr. Erdogan in which the Turkish premier had angrily complained that Israel did not allow the humanitarian aids to be transferred to the besieged Gaza strip. She suggests that Israel should make an official apology to Turkey and take some tactical steps to repair its already strained ties with the Muslim nation and make up for the serious trouble it has been entangled in. She also noted that Israel should temporarily allow the humanitarian aids in the Gaza strip so as to pacify the growing international agitation against Tel Aviv.


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Let's chant: Free Free Palestine

Kourosh Ziabari - Press TV: Seeing the footage dispatched from London to TV stations around the world following the massacre of peace activists onboard the Freedom Flotilla embarrassed me for several reasons.

First and foremost, as an Iranian Muslim who ideologically supports and upholds his brothers in religion during crucial times, I found myself incomprehensibly ineffectual as I saw British citizens storming onto the streets of London, holding the flags of Turkey and Palestine, chanting "Free, Free Palestine".
Although the vicious regime of Israel has been successful in uniting Muslim and non-Muslim nations around the world in support of the cause of the suffering people of Palestine, the sentiments that emanated from the British citizens offered a different, an unprecedented feeling this time.

In the past, they would demonstrate to condemn the brutalities of Tel Aviv. It was a perceptive sympathy that propelled them to the streets to chant for the freedom of Palestine. This time was different, however. This time the insight came together with a patriotic resentment against those who had mistreated their fellow citizens.

The British protestors were touching the pain that the Palestinian people have suffered over the past 60 years. 42 British citizens were among the 480 people whom the Zionist regime had arrested. This time, the British citizens saw how Israel does not draw a distinction between Palestinian and non-Palestinian; to the racist leaders of Israel and their agents, a human being does not have any value, so imprisoning, torturing, killing or massacring people from different nationalities, races and religions is viewed as normal. Since September 2000, 1,441 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces. Children do not pose a threat to the national security of Israel, so these killings emanate from the essential nature of Israel - one of atrocity and butchery.


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Thursday, June 03, 2010

Israel is already singled out

Kourosh Ziabari - By criticizing the final resolution of the 2010 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the U.S. government once again demonstrated its indifference and unresponsiveness towards the international community and the bloc of 188 nations that demanded Israel to join the NPT and put its nuclear facilities under the comprehensive safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In a statement following the conclusion of the conference, the U.S. President Barack Obama expressed his concern over Israel's being singled out and reaffirmed his country's commitment to the Israel's "security", which is seemingly hinged on the possession of nuclear weapons.

"The United States has long supported such a [nuclear-free Middle East] zone, although our view is that a comprehensive and durable peace in the region and full compliance by all regional states with their arms control and nonproliferation obligations are essential precursors for its establishment. We strongly oppose efforts to single out Israel, and will oppose actions that jeopardize Israel's national security," he said in a statement published immediately after the conference wrapped up.

Obama's militant national security advisor also issued a statement with similar content. "The United States will not permit a conference or actions that could jeopardize Israel’s national security… We will not accept any approach that singles out Israel or sets unrealistic expectations," General James L. Jones said.