Thursday May 08, 201409:17 AM GMT
Iran calls for destruction of banned arms across world
Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani
Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Iran has called for the destruction of nuclear weapons across the world, warning about banned arms falling into terrorists’ hands.

"Iran firmly believes that every effort should be made in accordance with international law to rid the world of the menace of these inhuman weapons,” said Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam-Hossein Dehqani on Wednesday at 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.
 
Dehqani also said efforts should be made “to insure that such weapons do not fall in the hands of terrorists and non-state actors."

The Iranian official, added, however, "Efforts to prevent the potential threat of weapons of mass destruction falling into the hands of terrorists should not distract our attention from the real threat, namely the continued existence of thousands of nuclear weapons in stockpiles of nuclear weapons states."

The Iranian delegation to the event also released a statement on the same day, highlighting the “unsafeguarded nuclear activities” of the Israeli regime in the Middle East.

Tel Aviv has rejected global calls to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) and does not allow international inspectors to observe its controversial nuclear program.

“The Preparatory Committee should urge Israel to accede, immediately and unconditionally, to the Treaty as a non-nuclear-weapon party, to place all its nuclear activities under the [International Atomic Energy Agency] IAEA comprehensive safeguards...,” the statement added.

The Israeli regime is widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East with up to 400 undeclared nuclear warheads.

IA/NN/HMV

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