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Wed Jul 31, 2013 9:43AM
A view of the United Nations General Assembly (file photo)

A view of the United Nations General Assembly (file photo)

On Tuesday, a spokesman for Iran's UN mission announced Tehran’s bid to apply for the position of the rapporteur of the UN General Assembly's First Committee for its 68th session despite opposition from the Israeli regime. The 193-member UN 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.”
An American university professor believes Iran deserves a seat at the United Nations’ disarmament and global security committee as Tehran has already signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Press TV reports. “Iran has signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. Iran has allowed [the International Atomic Energy Agency] inspectors [to visit its nuclear sites]. Iran is justifiably a candidate here. Iran deserves a seat at the table,” James Fetzer said in an interview with Press TV on Wednesday. On Tuesday, a spokesman for Iran's UN mission announced Tehran’s bid to apply for the position of the rapporteur of the UN General Assembly's First Committee for its 68th session despite opposition from the Israeli regime. The 193-member UN 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. “This would be the most appropriate appointment for Iran. The Israeli complaints have no merit whatsoever,” said Fetzer. He further said that the presence of Iran has foiled Israel’s attempts to dominate the Middle East region. “It is obvious that Israel wants to have uncontested domination of the Middle East, which the presence of Iran does not allow it but the situation in regard to the disarmament and international security committee is simply incredible,” Fetzer said. Fetzer also referred to the 2007 US National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) that verified Iran was not after nuclear weapons, reiterating the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear energy program. The NIE report, prepared by 16 US intelligence agencies, confirmed with “high confidence” the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. A similar report was also published in 2011. 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 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 IAEA. YH/NN/HJL
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