Destroying n-weapons one of the NAM’s top priorities

Iran has called on the members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) to play a ‘serious and active’ role in an upcoming nuclear disarmament meeting of the United Nations.

Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei sent letters to the permanent representatives of NAM member states at the UN, calling on them to participate “at the highest level” in the disarmament conference, which is scheduled to be held in September.

Referring to a resolution that was initiated by NAM and ratified at the UN General Assembly in 2012, Khazaei said, “Based on the resolution, a one-day high ranking meeting is to be held in September at the UN in view of a full nuclear disarmament.”

The Iranian envoy stressed that the issue of destroying nuclear weapons had been one of the top priorities of the NAM movement since its establishment in 1961.

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Mohammad Khazaei also said the negotiations between Iran and the six major world powers of the P5+1 in Almaty, Kazakhstan, achieved “partial” success, as the group pursued a more realistic approach to Iran’s nuclear issue.

“In this round of talks, the P5+1 group tried to have a more realistic view of the [Iranian] nuclear issue and the Islamic Republic’s expectations,” Khazaei said.

He added that paying heed to the recognition of the Iranian nation’s rights in line with the regulations of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) and the Islamic Republic’s opposition to any nuclear weaponry based on the religious decree of the Leader of the Islamic Revolution can contribute to the success of the future talks and lead to tangible outcomes.

The Iranian envoy further said that the P5+1 group’s realistic approach to the great technical capabilities of Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program and the country’s expectations are the conditions necessary for the achievement of further progress in the upcoming negotiations.

It is very important to pay attention to the fact that Iran has no extralegal expectations or any expectations outside the framework of NPT regulations, Khazaei pointed out.

He warned that the Iranian nation would never bow down to illegal and inhumane pressure to relinquish its national rights.

Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations has also refreshed the country’s call for a stronger global action to promote nuclear disarmament at an international level.

“We have always announced nuclear disarmament as one of our most important priorities while emphasizing the right of all signatories to the NPT [Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons] to use peaceful nuclear energy,” Khazaei said.

He added that NAM member states call for the disarmament of all countries possessing nuclear weapons.

The Iranian envoy stated that the next changes in the NPT should be made with the purpose of strengthening its signatories’ commitment to the nuclear disarmament free from dual and discriminatory standards.

He emphasized that such changes should not turn into a new obstacle in the way of the NPT signatories’ access to the nuclear technology.

Iran believes that any selective reinterpretation of the countries’ rights and commitments would bear no result and that a review of the NPT should be carried out effectively and transparently, Khazaei said.

He reaffirmed NAM’s support for the establishment of a Middle East region free of nuclear weapons.

By US Close Up


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