Iran says US, Israel main obstacles to Mideast free of nuclear weapons

Press TV – Iran’s envoy to the United Nations has highlighted the necessity of the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons, saying the US and Israel are the main obstacles to the establishment of such a zone.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in a Monday address to the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in New York.

In the Middle East, Takht-Ravanchi noted, the weapons of mass destruction arsenal of the Israeli regime supported by the USA and furthermore, and the latter’s unwillingness to engage in the work of the Conference are the two main obstacles in the realization of the idea of establishing such a zone in the Middle East.

“Their irresponsible policies and actions to proliferate WMD should not be acceptable to the international community,” he added.

He further highlighted the significance of achieving international peace and security through elimination of all three types of weapons of mass destruction, namely, Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological weapons.

However, he added, in order to achieve this lofty goal, the regional participating States as well as the Nuclear Weapon States should be determined to enter into meaningful negotiations and agree and honor specific obligations.

The Iranian envoy also reaffirmed that Weapons of Mass Destruction have no place in the Islamic Republic’s our national defense doctrine.

Iran’s “well-known position is total, irreversible and verifiable elimination of these inhumane weapons,” he said.

“This policy stems from our Islamic belief, rational calculation of our national interest and that of the region and the bitter experience of being the major victim of the most systematic chemical attacks in contemporary history.”

Therefore, he added, Iran fully recognizes, more than any other nation in the world, the necessity of the establishment of such a zone in our region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to play its role in working with all participating states towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,” he concluded.

A few days ago, the United States had announced it would not participate in the conference “because of Israel,” according to Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna.