TEHRAN - In an open letter to United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan on Tuesday, 765 Iranian university professors demanded that the UN prevent the world's major powers from monopolizing scientific research and development, particularly in the nuclear sphere.
The UN was created to prepare the way for international cooperation and to boost scientific research and development worldwide in order to bring nations closer together, part of the letter read.
It added that member countries of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) are committed to take effective measures toward nuclear disarmament and to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons; however, countries that possess nuclear technology are obliged to transfer this technology to others, which is essential for the development of scientific research worldwide.
"Therefore, the efforts of some major powers to monopolize scientific research and development will inflict serious damage on the process of worldwide scientific advancement. This move is completely illogical and it is the duty of international organizations, particularly the UN, to defend the right of all nations to scientific development and access to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes.
"Without advanced nuclear technology, scientific development would not be possible in the agricultural, industrial, medical, and other scientific fields, but it will be impossible to prevent a great nation like Iran, which has played a significant role in human civilization, from scientific progress, research, and development."
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