'Nuclear states must observe commitment in eradicating atomic arms'

TEHRAN, Sep. 25 (MNA) -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki insisted on Tehran’s position that the nuclear-armed states must honor their 40-year commitment for a total destruction of nuclear weapons.

Talking at the Conference on Disarmament in the UN headquarters in New York on Friday, Mottaki said that the main challenge facing the UN nuclear disarmament bodies is “that the nuclear states are not bound to their commitments.”

He noted that some countries in the West show no real political will for abolishing nuclear weapons, although the UN disarmament bodies are capable enough in realizing this goal.

He went on to say that the abolishment of nuclear weapons is the only way to safeguard the human race.

Pointing to Iran’s suggestion in 1974 for establishing a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East, the top diplomat insisted that the Zionist regime must join the NPT and respect the IAEA safeguards.

Mottaki reiterated Tehran’s position for banning the production, proliferation, and use of nuclear weapons and a total elimination of the existing atomic weapons by 2025.


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