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Irish MP stresses Iran’s right to civilian nuclear tech

Politics - An Irish lawmaker has underlined Iran’s right to develop and use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Iran has signed the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and its government has repeatedly stated their disdain for nuclear weapons and that they do not seek to develop nuclear weapons. They have of course a right, like all signatories to the NPT, to create nuclear energy for peaceful civilian purposes only,” said Seán Crowe, who is a spokesperson for Sinn Féin’s party.

Speaking after a roundtable on nuclear disarmament in the Irish capital city of Dublin, the Irish parliamentarian called for the disarmament of all countries possessing nuclear weapons.

“Sinn Féin firmly believes in worldwide nuclear disarmament and that no state should have access to this weapon of massive and unparalleled destruction,” he said.

He said that all countries should “sign the NPT, open their nuclear facilities to inspection, and put their nuclear doomsday weapons beyond use.”

Earlier on January 10, Crowe arrived in Tehran as part of an Irish Parliamentary delegation and held talks with the Iranian officials.

The team was headed by Pat Breen, the chairman of the Oireachtas (Irish National Parliament)’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Committee.

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