Iran slams restrictions on nuclear material transfer
Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has called for the removal of any “restrictions on, and discriminatory approaches to” the transfer of nuclear material and equipment for peaceful purposes.
As a fundamental goal of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), all signatories to the pact have an “inalienable” right to use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, Reza Najafi said.
He made the remarks in an address to the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in New York.
“It is necessary to work out mechanisms needed to have all countries, namely developed states, respect this right and their commitments to facilitate the transfer of nuclear material, equipment and technology for peaceful use,” the Iranian envoy said.
Under the NPT regulations, no factor must affect the absolute right of the signatories, he added.
“Any measure to restrict all or part of rights of member governments’ to use peaceful nuclear energy runs counter to the objectives of the NPT,” Najafi reiterated.
He strongly rejected the measures to restrict the transfer of nuclear equipment to developing countries under the pretext of being sensitive, calling for an end to such moves which are against the NPT regulations.
The Preparatory Committee aims to prepare for the Review Conference in terms of assessing the implementation of each article of the NPT and facilitating discussion among member states with a view to making recommendations to the Review Conference.