"In my view, Security Council Resolution 1696 was not only counterproductive from a policy perspective, but also a misuse of the council’s authority under Chapter VII of the UN Charter. It was staggering to compare the difference in treatment of North Korea and Iran. North Korea had walked out of the NPT and made explicit threats about developing nuclear weapons (and would in fact test its first weapon less than three months later, in October 2006), yet the Americans were ready to join them in a direct dialogue, and Chris Hill seemed to be in Pyongyang every other day. By contrast, Iran, which remained under safeguards and party to the NPT, was penalized for possibly having future intentions to develop nuclear weapons, and the Americans refused to talk to them without preconditions."
Mohammed ElBaradei - The Age of Deception: Nuclear Diplomacy in Treacherous Times (203)
This is, quite simply, why I feel really uncomfortable by the way Iran has been treated in the Security Council. The vastly different treatment different countries have gotten is astonishing. In the case of Iran it really seems like the NPT and UN Chapter chapter 7 have been abused.