Source: Mehr News Agency
The Iranian ambassador to the United Nations has said that Tehran is ready to engage in negotiations over its nuclear program based on mutual respect and without preconditions.
Ambassador Mohammad Khazaii made the remarks during a speech at the meeting of the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the UN General Assembly on Thursday.
During his speech, Khazaii emphasized that the Islamic Republic will not relinquish its inalienable right to nuclear technology meant for peaceful purposes and said that Tehran is ready to enter into serious and constructive nuclear talks based on mutual respect and without preconditions.
Now it is the negotiating side's turn to show their goodwill through coming back to the negotiating table, he stated.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khazaii criticized the nuclear weapons states for ignoring calls for total abolition of their nuclear weapons and insisting on modernizing and developing them.
The countries in question cannot get out of their commitments to complete eradication of their nuclear weapons through reducing the number of their nuclear weapons, the Iranian ambassador said.
Khazaii was referring to the new nuclear arms reduction treaty, known as the new START pact, which was signed by the United States and Russia in Prague on April 8, 2010.
He went on to say that the best way to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons is the full and non-selective implementation of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The Islamic Republic of Iran and the overwhelming majority of the UN member states regard nuclear disarmament as a priority, Khazaii added.
He also criticized the U.S. as the country which used atomic bombs for the first time in the world history, adding that Washington has developed its missile defense shield in violation of the terms of the NPT to gain the upper hand over nuclear weapons states in Europe and South Asia.
Khazaii added that missile defense shields will not help improve security in host countries.
On the Zionist regime's refusal to sign the NPT, the Iranian diplomat said that Israel's nuclear weapons pose a serious threat to world peace, adding that Iran believes the international community should pressure this regime to join the NPT so that an impediment to making the Middle East a nuclear weapons-free zone would be removed.
Khazaii also commented on Iran's efforts to help create a world free of nuclear weapons and said that many experts from around the world participated in the second International Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation, which was held in Tehran from June 12 to 13.
The conference was a success, he stated.
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