Iran calls for talks on total nuclear disarmament

TEHRAN, May 9 (MNA) -- Iran has issued a statement calling for unconditional talks on nuclear disarmament as soon as possible.

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Ali Hosseini and his delegation issued a statement calling for talks on nuclear disarmament on Friday in New York, where they are attending the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee of the 2010 NPT Review Conference, which opened on May 4 and runs until May 15.


Iran criticized the five major nuclear-weapons states for not fulfilling their commitments to the NPT over the past 40 years.


The statement said that the international community expects the U.S. government to fulfill its pledge to reduce the country’s nuclear arsenal by 80 percent.


It also called for the establishment of a special committee tasked with overseeing the destruction of nuclear weapons factories and imposing a ban on the production, development, and use of nuclear weapons.


The statement described the repeated violations of the terms of the NPT by the five major nuclear-weapons states as a retreat from the treaty, pointing to activities such as the development of a new generation of nuclear weapons, threats to use nuclear weapons against non-nuclear states, and the production of dozens of tons of plutonium and highly enriched uranium as well as some nuclear-weapons states’ lack of transparency.


It also said the only way to break the impasse over total nuclear disarmament is to set a timetable for the implementation of Article VI of the NPT, which calls for the eradication of all nuclear weapons.


Article VI states: “Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith on effective measures relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race at an early date and to nuclear disarmament, and on a Treaty on general and complete disarmament under strict and effective international control.”






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