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NPT talks led by Khazaee at NAM meeting
Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:40AM
Hank Flynn, Press TV, New York
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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.
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