On June 16, 2008, the European Union nations agreed on the need for a new round of stronger sanctions against Iran to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons. At a press conference, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and President Bush sent a strong message to Iran that it must end its pursuit of nuclear weapons or face a tougher international response.

The U.S. and some of its allies accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran denies it, saying its atomic program is aimed at using nuclear reactors to generate electricity.

President Bush and French President Nicolas Sarkozy have now jointly warned Tehran again against proceeding toward a nuclear bomb. The plan is but a refreshed version of a 2006 package that Iran ignored. Both Bush and Sarkozy agreed that "If Iran gets a nuclear bomb that is totally unacceptable. Our position will not change."

Both did agree that Iran is entitled to civilian nuclear power and they spoke in unity that the people of Iran have a right to better representation by a government that Bush claims is "creating the deprivation inside Iran."

What follows is a compilation of email replies from Vanunu regarding Iran, democracy, etc. [with slight editing; punctuation, spelling, grammar].

Vanunu wrote:
They all have their own double standards.

No one should ignore the fact that Atomic weapons are in Israel and that it was France most especially who helped build the Dimona reactor in 1960.

No one should forget that France was the first state to start nuclear weapons proliferation in secret, not Iran.

The world's problem with Iran is the obligation to help the people of Iran to have freedom and democracy; free from a dictator regime.

The problem is not nuclear weapons in Iran but the need for freedom for all the people.

I am not at all supporting this Ayatollahs regime in Iran. This regime should be ended and replaced by freedom and democracy for all Iran people.

The same goes for Israel too, which is only a democracy if you are a Jew. The Israeli problem is the Jewish apartheid regime.

No nuclear weapons program is a true deterrent or safeguard mechanism for security because Atomic weapons can only bring destruction. Atomic weapons are a mechanism of self destruction.

How can Israel, the only country in the Middle East known to have a nuclear weapons program expects all others not to even have peaceful nuclear energy programs?

Since Israel has the Bombs, then they can not speak with credibility about stopping all the Middle East states from having at least Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Science and Technology.

Israel by all its nuclear secret activities opened the way for any state to do the same. My view is that Nuclear Science and technology must be part of any modern state and society, so all the world and every state should have it.

After almost 50 years of secret nuclear activities and productions of bombs, America, France and the entire world should also intervene and demand Israel sign the NPT, follow all of the IAEA orders, regulations and restrictions.

Instead, Israel puts on me distractions.

The real issue in both states is democracy before any thing else and Israel is only a democracy if you are a Jew.

I fulfilled my sentence of 18 years in prison because I listened to my conscience and reported the truth that Israel was manufacturing weapons of mass destruction. It is over four years now that Israel has held me captive in East Jerusalem; forbidding me to speak to any foreigners or to leave the state, which is all I want to do.

The Norwegians know my situation very well and by mid-July, the world should hear some more about the Norwegian Lawyers Petition and about my asylum.

Norway could become a world leader in the Mid-East peace efforts if they will continue to speak up loudly against all the blatant human rights violations Israel gets away with in my case and with the Palestinians.

I go back to court July 8th and either face six months in jail for speaking to foreign media in 2004, or something else is possible. Israel can be free of me and let me leave the state, or I will remain here under occupation.

Waiting In East Jerusalem.To Be Free,To Leave.
P.O.Box 20102. Salah Adin St'.
post office. East Jerusalem. 91384..
Mobile ( 9 7 2 ) 0 5 2 3 7 4 4 5 6 9.

When asked how world citizens could encourage Israel to have mercy on Vanunu and allow him to leave the state, Fredrik S. Heffermehl, Hon. President, Norwegian Peace Alliance and coordinator of the International Free Vanunu Committee, responded that concerned citizens could help by writing emails to the Norwegian government. A sample letter follows:
"Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg" < statsministeren@smk.dep.no >,
"Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre" < umin@mfa.no >

Dear Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre,

Thank you for the leadership demonstrated by Norwegian Lawyers, law students and three Supreme Court Justices, who signed the petition calling on your government to take bold action to protect Mordechai Vanunu against the ongoing grave violations of his human rights under international law and secure respect for his elementary human rights.

The Norwegian Lawyers Petition is also a way to be a true friend to Israel because it encourages the Israeli authorities to be faithful to their Declaration of the Establishment of Israel:

"On the day of the termination of the British mandate and on the strength of the United Nations General Assembly declare The State of Israel will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel: it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion it will guarantee freedom of religion [and] conscience and will be faithful to the Charter of the United Nations." - May 14, 1948.

Israel's statehood was contingent on upholding the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights. How fitting it would be if Norway would live up to its ambition as a "peace nation" and honor the banner bearer of the Nobel Peace Prize and its original intention to support non-violence and peace, not militarism or empire.

Norway will do a great service to humanity by issuing Mordechai Vanunu a Norwegian "foreigner's passport", which according to the lawyers is a right for all states to protect persecuted people in other parts of the world.

Norway can provide the Win-Win answer for Israel and Vanunu by securing a laissez-passer for him before his July 8, 2008 court date when he faces the possibility of six months more in jail just for speaking to foreign media in 2004.

Norway can play a crucial role in the Mid-East peace efforts in demanding Israel honor and uphold the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.- Article 13-2.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers. -Article 19.