NPT talks led by Khazaee at NAM meeting
Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:40AM
Iran’s U-N envoy Mohammad Khazaee, whose country presides over the Non-Aligned Movement, once again calls for global nuclear disarmament. Speaking at a NAM meeting on Nuclear Non-Proliferation in New York, Khazaee urged countries to abandon nuclear arms and embrace peaceful nuclear energy.Iran's UN envoy Mohammad Khazaee kicked off the Non-Aligned Movement's gathering on Nuclear Non-Proliferation with a statement that clearly re-established the NAM's stance on atomic weapons. The position is simple - no nukes for NAM countries -- or for anyone else. Khazaee -- who is the Iranian Ambassador to the UN -- is serving in his first year as President of the Non-Aligned Movement. He was sure to revisit one of the NAM's main platforms, which is a nuclear-free Middle East. Now -- the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East was not in attendance -- because it doesn't belong to NAM. Israel is believed to have scores of nuclear arms -- but it isn't a signatory of the NPT -- and doesn't allow an international inspection of its nuclear facilities. Talk at the meeting centered mainly around the Non-Proliferation Treaty -- specifically the way it must be occasionally adjusted to meet the changes of an evolving world. Khazaee said that making changes to the NPT shouldn't present new challenges -- but that it should strengthen the member states stated commitment to disarmament. A final point made by Khazaee is that achieving nuclear disarmament through the NPT is a lot easier when the standards are simple -- easy to understand -- and apply to everyone. Double standards and discriminatory practices -- he added -- will get nothing done.