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'Probe West's noncompliance with NPT'
Iran's permanent envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh
Sat Mar 12, 2011 3:50AM
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The Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for a probe into the nonconformity of the US and some EU countries with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


In a letter to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano written on Friday, Iranian Ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh urged the UN nuclear body to report the Western countries which possess nuclear weapons and fail to abide by the provisions of the NPT, the ISNA news agency reported.

“The US administration has long failed to comply with its duties regarding the NPT,” Soltanieh said in the letter, adding, “Hundreds of nuclear weapons have, in breach of Article One of the treaty, been shipped to some countries without the weapons under the support of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).”

Iran's permanent envoy to the IAEA noted that based on projections, “some 240 nuclear warheads have been placed in several European countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, and Italy, under the NATO umbrella.”

Salehi raised a number of issues regarding the noncompliance of the US and some EU countries with NPT stipulations and called on the IAEA to report technical specifics and locations of the weapons deployed in Europe.

He also asked Amano to help verify information about the countries' nuclear weapons capacities.

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