Iran campaigning for key position on UN committee: Diplomat
Wed Jul 31, 2013 4:37AM
The General Assembly's First Committee deals with all disarmament and international security issues, cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.”Iran is campaigning for a key position on a UN committee that deals with disarmament and international security despite opposition from the Israeli regime, an Iranian diplomat says. On Tuesday, a spokesman for Iran's UN mission confirmed Tehran’s bid to be the rapporteur of the UN General Assembly's First Committee for its 68th session due to begin in October, Reuters reported. Kuwait is another contender for the position. The 193-member committee deals with all disarmament and international security issues, cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.
Campaigning for the position is a “normal routine by a member state,” said the Iranian diplomat.The Israeli ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, in a statement expressed the opposition of the Israeli regime to Tehran’s bid for the key position. Israel’s opposition to Iran’s plan comes as Tel Aviv is widely believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Furthermore, Israel, believed to possess between 200 to 400 nuclear warheads, is a non-signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty. This is while Iran is a committed signatory to the NPT and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). YH/NN/HJL