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Iran calls for immediate disarmament of nuclear states

Posted by alanmirs on May 30, 2010


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Tehran,

May 27, 2010

Iran calls for immediate disarmament of nuclear
states

IANS

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Iran on Thursday urged all countries to take serious
steps to dismantle all nuclear weapons and called for setting a deadline
in this regard by the international community.

“We
believe that nuclear disarmament and non—proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction (WMD) are a necessity in today’s world. So a time limit
is needed to be set for the elimination of nuclear weapons and this
issue has to be incorporated in the final declaration of the Nuclear
Non—proliferation Treaty (NPT) conference,” Mohammad Khazaee, Iran’s
ambassador to the UN, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

Mr. Khazaee said Iran, as one of the first countries to
have signed the NPT and which floated the idea of a nuke—free Middle
East in 1974, supports global denuclearisation as well as free access to
peaceful nuclear technology.

He said Iran calls for
removal of all WMD from across the globe.

The UN
General Assembly had approved a draft resolution proposed by Iran on
nuclear disarmament in October 2009, amid strong opposition by the US,
Britain, France, Israel.

The resolution ratified in
the first committee of the UN General Assembly calls on all countries to
annihilate their nuclear weapons under the supervision of international
bodies. It also urged Israel to join the NPT and allow the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear
installations.

More than 100 countries, including
non—nuclear members of the Non—Aligned Movement (NAM), voted for the
resolution.

Tehran also held a conference on nuclear
disarmament in April, which was attended by foreign ministers and
nuclear experts from 60 countries.

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