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Iran envoy to IAEA calls for nuclear disarmament

Vienna, Feb 2, IRNA-Iranian Resident Representative to IAEA Ali Asghar Soltanieh said on Thursday that Iran attaches importance to international cooperation on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Addressing the emergency meeting of the Board of Governors, Soltanieh said Iran and other peace-loving and like minded developing countries have expressed serious concerns about development and employment of new advanced nuclear weapons by the United States and the United Kingdom.

He said the initiative put forward by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the World Summit in New York last September paved the way for adoption of UN General Assembly resolution calling for implementation of decisions and resolutions of the 1995 and 2000 NPT Review Conferences, especially establishment of nuclear weapons free zone in the Middle East, confirms Iran's determination to work with other countries towards total elimination of nuclear warheads which exists in Nuclear Weapons States.

"The Nuclear Weapons States are totally ignoring the serious concern of the international community. The Nuclear Weapons States are highlighting the non-proliferation in order to overshadow and cover up the essential issue namely nuclear disarmament and the immediate threat of their nuclear arsenals to the global security.

"The attention of international community has been diverted from existence of hundreds of nuclear warheads and un-safeguarded nuclear installations mostly constructed and developed with full technical and financial support of US and some European countries in Israel to few issues regarding the research in Iran which are under full surveillance of IAEA.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran is party to NPT and has been implementing NPT comprehensive Safeguards for three decades and is voluntarily implementing Additional Protocol to NPT, whereas, Israel has rejected to adhere to any disarmament treaties on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) particularly NPT and to sign IAEA Safeguards Agreements. Israel has not implemented over 30 resolutions of IAEA and the United Nations calling her to observe international law and treaties and not to threaten the countries in the region.

"One could refer to strong condemnation Israel through resolutions following the military attacks against nuclear installations in the region. This discriminatory status quo cannot and must not be tolerated by international community anymore."

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