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Iran Renews Calls for Global Nuclear Disarmament

Politics - Iran's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam Hossein Dehqani stressed the responsibility of all countries to usher in serious negotiations to dismantle nuclear weapons worldwide.

“All countries are duty-bound to start serious negotiations on nuclear disarmament,” Dehqani said, addressing the UN General Assembly meeting in New York on Thursday.

The Iranian envoy also called on all world states, particularly those in the Middle East region, to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has concluded that countries are obliged to hold talks over nuclear disarmament in good faith and in order to achieve results, in such a way that all aspects of nuclear disarmament will be under efficient international supervision and control,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately, nuclear states have not lived up to this commitment yet.”

Last month, Dehqani urged the UN member-states to force Israel sign the NPT.

Addressing the UN's 'Middle-East free from nuclear weapons' meeting in early October, he said Iran has been a member of the NPT since 1974 and has always called for a Mideast free from nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

Dehqani said the Zionist regime which is armed with nuclear weapons is a main threat to global and regional security, and urged the Tel Aviv regime to become a member of the NPT.

The Iranian envoy underlined the need to exert international pressure on those countries that have not yet been a signatory to the NPT to join the treaty.

Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle-East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile.

 

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