The international community is acting as if it has given itself the word to discredit the nuclear non-proliferation regime once and for all. We will remember the crisis in North Korea and the withdrawal of the latter from the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in 2003, without the UN Security Council moving for fear of a Chinese veto. If the international community seems to have learned nothing from this crisis, the lesson has not been lost for everyone. Iran is preparing the ground to follow the same path, in case the development of its nuclear program is threatened by the Security Council.
In November 2003, in a damning report, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed that Iran had been pursuing a clandestine centrifuge enrichment program for 18 years and had concealed a number facilities, activities and nuclear material in violation of its commitments. The Security Council should have been seized of this matter, as provided for in the Statutes of the Agency. It has not been for several reasons. Firstly, because several countries have pointed out the absence of "evidence that previously undeclared nuclear material and activities have been linked to a nuclear weapons program", although all are aware that the Agency does not have the means necessary to bring such proof before it is too late.