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Iran calls for instant, unconditional beginning of NPT talks

New York, United Nations headquarters, May 9, IRNA -- Iran on Friday called for instant and unconditional beginning of Non-Proliferation Treaty discussions.

Iranian delegation participating in the third meeting of the preliminary committee of the 2010 NPT Review Conference in a statement strongly criticized the failure of nuclear countries to fulfill their commitments envisaged by the NPT in past four decades.

The delegates also reviewed the international developments since the beginning of the third millennium and stressed that the repeated violation of NPT principles by certain nuclear states was a disappointing and backward trend which strongly damaged the spirit of the treaty.

The statement also cited such severe cases of NPT violations by certain world countries as development of new nuclear arms, threatening non-nuclear states by use of atomic arms, mass-production of tens of tons of plutonium and enriched uranium as well as the lack of transparency on the part of some nuclear countries over developing secret nuclear programs.

The Iranian delegation in the statement called on the meeting to focus on the concerns of world states about the expansion of nuclear programs of certain world states and urged it to adopt decisions to stop development and proliferation of new nuclear arms.

The statement further expressed the legitimate expectation of the international community to see really materialized in a fully transparent manner the rhetoric by American officials who recently promised an 80 percent cut in their nuclear activities.

The Iranian delegation also called for formation of a special committee in the coming NPT conference which would be responsible for compiling a nuclear treaty convention with the objective of eliminating and banning researching, possessing, producing, developing and using nuclear arms.

The third meeting of preliminary committee on 2010 NPT Review Conference started in New York, May 4, with participation of all NPT member states.

The Iranian delegation to the meeting is led by Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Ali Hosseini.

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