Iran calls for a decisive stance on Israel’s nuclear activities

TEHRAN – Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations has stressed the need for countries to take a decisive stance at the 10th NPT Review Conference towards Israel based on the resolutions of previous conferences.

Majid Takht Ravanchi pointed to Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons in the region and called for its denuclearization.

He made the remarks during a briefing with Iranian reporters in New York on Friday.

“The issue of a nuclear-free Middle East is one of the most important issues for the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he told reporters, according to Iranian news agency IRNA. “The question of the Middle East as a region free of nuclear weapons is one of the important debates that all countries in this region suffer from, because the Zionist regime, as the only regime possessing hundreds of nuclear warheads, is not ready to accede to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and it does not place its nuclear facilities under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Takht Ravanchi pointed out, “Not only is the Zionist regime not carrying out this action, but some countries are cooperating with this regime and it is always supported by these countries in the NPT conference and outside of it.”

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations continued: “This issue is one of the important issues for the Islamic Republic of Iran. At the 10th NPT Review Conference, we took a constructive approach in this area and announced that the documents that had been presented at previous NPT Review Conferences in 1995, 2000 and 2010 and clearly indicated that the Zionist regime was to adhere to the treaty should be discussed and expressed in the text of the final declaration of this conference (tenth conference)”.

Takht Ravanchi said: “If this issue is not mentioned in the text of the final declaration of this conference, it shows that there is no preparation for the 10th NPT Review Conference to adopt its resolutions by consensus”.

Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations stressed: “In the negotiations, we have made it very clear that we are not ready to back down. This means that this conference should take a position on the debate on the Middle East which is at the origin of the previous conferences.

He added, “We have declared this issue to be one of the red lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran. If they are to deal honestly and constructively, the language that has been used in the statements of previous conferences should also be used in this conference in order to move towards a Middle East without nuclear weapons.

Takht Ravanchi noted: “We are trying to reach a consensus, but we will not do so at any cost; We have a framework and principles, and steps must be taken to achieve consensus. If our red lines are followed, we will certainly be welcome to reach consensus, otherwise we will not reach consensus.

Referring to the importance of the 10th NPT Review Conference, Takht Ravanchi underlined the active and constructive presence of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran and underlined: “We have a series of red lines which, we hopefully, can reach a consensus with the cooperation of other countries, some of which have mostly not had a good track record of constructive relations.

Iran’s Ambassador to the United Nations said: “Some countries have caused the failure of conferences in the past, for example, in 2015, some western countries caused the failure of the NPT conference. We hope that they will put aside this conflict at this conference so that we can have a good document and reach a consensus.

Stating that the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most active delegations in this conference, Takht Ravanchi considered the issue of nuclear disarmament as one of the other important issues for Iran.

He noted: “Unfortunately, countries possessing nuclear weapons, contrary to Article 6 of the NPT Treaty, have not fulfilled their obligations and have not moved towards nuclear disarmament despite their commitment to move towards nuclear disarmament in good faith. But not only did they not take such an action, but they quantitatively and qualitatively improved their nuclear weapons and formed a coalition which is against their commitments.

The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran continued: “Another important issue for us is the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and as a member of the treaty, we should be able to use the advantages of this treaty (NPT).”

He noted: “Over the years, cruel sanctions have been imposed on Iran and we have been deprived of the opportunity to use its benefits under the NPT treaty.

He concluded: “Both nuclear weapon states and non-nuclear weapon states are active in this conference. This conference has been held every five years since 1970, but it did not take place two years ago due to the Corona epidemic, and the tenth conference took place this year. The three main themes of this conference are nuclear disarmament, non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

At the conference, Iran called for more attention to Israel’s nuclear weapons. “The best way to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons in all its aspects is the full and effective implementation of Articles I to VI of the Treaty and universal adherence to the NPT,” Iran said in a statement to the ‘Subsidiary Body III of the Tenth NPT. Review Conference on August 9.

The statement added: “Therefore, we believe that the Review Conference should give due consideration to this crucial issue. In this context, the Israeli regime is a striking example that requires the urgent attention of the Review Conference. Because, this regime possesses all types of weapons of mass destruction and threatens to use them against the countries of the region. It has committed various terrorist attacks against nuclear scientists and also launched different sabotage attacks against nuclear facilities. Given all of this insidious background, the Israeli regime must be compelled to accede to all related instruments, including the NPT, without any preconditions and as a non-nuclear party, while placing all its facilities and nuclear activities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.

He added: “Unfortunately some NWS [nuclear-weapon states] reward non-nuclear-weapon parties with nuclear cooperation and trade in nuclear reactors. For example, they continue to provide significant economic and military aid to the only non-NPT country in the Middle East. With this kind of assistance, the Israeli regime has been able to manage its unprotected nuclear facilities where it produces plutonium for its underground nuclear weapons program.

The statement further notes: “Furthermore, it is of grave concern that some States Parties continue to impose unilateral and arbitrary restrictions beyond IAEA safeguards on the transfer of nuclear materials, equipment and technology to peaceful purposes. Unfortunately, such restrictions are applied to States parties to the NPT when States not party to the Treaty with an arsenal of nuclear weapons benefit from the nuclear cooperation of certain States possessing nuclear weapons.

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