Foreign Secretary David Miliband has denied that the British government is using double standards by imposing sanctions against Iran for its civilian nuclear program but not against Israel, which already has nuclear weapons.
“I do not think that that is a contradiction,” said Miliband when challenged during Foreign Affairs Questions in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
He suggested the main reason that sanctions were not being imposed against Israel was because it refused to accept international conventions, whereas Iran could be apparently punished because it did.
“Iran is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty. I would have liked to see Israel itself sign the NPT a long time ago, but it did not do so,” Miliband told MPs.
He went further in claiming that Iran’s civilian nuclear program was more dangerous than the existing illegal arsenal of nuclear weapons stockpiled by Israel.'