Secretary Clinton will declare the 40 year-old Nuclear Non-
Proliferation Treaty threatened by Iran and North Korea, while
Iran's Ahmadinejad is expected to criticize world powers for failing
President Obama has made nuclear nonproliferation and disarmament
the top priority of his diplomatic outreach this year, but that
vision will face a sharp challenge at the United Nations in New York
Monday when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad takes the stage.
Announcing only last week that he would attend a 189-nation
conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, the
controversial Iranian leader plans to mount a frontal attack on
world nuclear powers - the United States chief among them - that he
will say have failed in the NPT's nuclear disarmament obligations.
Monday's opening session of a normally staid, little-noticed,
twice-a-decade review of the treaty takes on the trappings of a
clash of rival global visions because Mr. Ahmadinejad will be
closely followed on the conference dais by Secretary of State
Hillary Rodham Clinton. Secretary Clinton may or may not refer to
Iran by name in her comments, but aides say she will declare the 40-
year-old NPT, considered a cornerstone of international security,
threatened by countries like Iran and North Korea that, according to
UN nuclear experts, have violated its terms.
The Obama administration is pressing for what would be a fourth
round of international sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program,
which Western powers suspect is aimed at delivering a nuclear
weapon. Clinton is expected to use her UN visit to lobby Security
Council members to approve tough new sanctions on Iran.
But she is no doubt aware that Ahmadinejad's high-profile visit
to New York and a fiery, us-little-guys-against-them-bullies speech
from him risk winning some sympathetic support in an international
gathering with many small and relatively powerless countries.
Declaring on "Meet the Press" Sunday that Ahmadinejad would "try
to divert attention and confuse the issue" in his speech, Clinton
added, "We're not going to permit Iran to try to change the story
from their failure to comply" with NPT obligations.
Ahmadinejad unapologetic over Iran's secrecy
Iran has failed to allow UN nuclear inspectors into all of its
nuclear sites and last year revealed previously unknown underground
sites only after word of their existence began to surface.
But Ahmadinejad remains unapologetic about Iran's nuclear