Iran Repeats Call for Nuke-Free Middle East

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi once again voiced his country’s concern about unsupervised Israeli nuke arsenal and the US unconditional support for Tel Aviv’s atomic adventurism, repeating Tehran’s call for a Middle East free from nuclear weapons.

In a Monday address to the Conference on the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in New York, Takht Ravanchi highlighted the necessity of the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons, saying the US and Israel are the main obstacles to the establishment of such a zone.

In the Middle East, Takht Ravanchi noted, the weapons of mass destruction arsenal of the Israeli regime supported by the USA and furthermore, and the latter’s unwillingness to engage in the work of the Conference are the two main obstacles in the realization of the idea of establishing such a zone in the Middle East.

“Their irresponsible policies and actions to proliferate WMD should not be acceptable to the international community,” he added.

He further highlighted the significance of achieving international peace and security through elimination of all three types of weapons of mass destruction, namely, Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological weapons.

However, he added, in order to achieve this lofty goal, the regional participating States as well as the Nuclear Weapon States should be determined to enter into meaningful negotiations and agree and honor specific obligations.

The Iranian envoy also reaffirmed that Weapons of Mass Destruction have no place in the Islamic Republic’s our national defense doctrine.

Iran’s “well-known position is total, irreversible and verifiable elimination of these inhumane weapons,” he said.

“This policy stems from our Islamic belief, rational calculation of our national interest and that of the region and the bitter experience of being the major victim of the most systematic chemical attacks in contemporary history.”

Therefore, he added, Iran fully recognizes, more than any other nation in the world, the necessity of the establishment of such a zone in our region.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran stands ready to play its role in working with all participating states towards the total elimination of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East,” he concluded.

A few days ago, the United States had announced it would not participate in the conference “because of Israel,” according to Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna.

“The Americans refused to take part because Israel refuses to participate,” said Mikhail Ulyanov.

Israel is the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, but its policy is to neither confirm nor deny having atomic bombs. Estimates show that the regime is currently in possession of 200 to 400 atomic warheads.

The Tel Aviv regime is also believed to possess the capability to deliver its nuclear warheads in a number of methods, including by aircraft, on submarine-launched cruise missiles and the Jericho series of intermediate to intercontinental range ballistic missiles.

The Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction is holding its first session from 18 November to 22 November 2019 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The President-designate of the First Session is Ambassador Sima Bahous of Jordan.

A UN General Assembly decision taken on 22 December 2018 “entrusts the Secretary-General with the convening, no later than 2019 … of a conference on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.”

In September, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the US for closing its eyes on the Israeli nuclear warheads, but re-imposing unilateral sanctions against Tehran for pursuing peaceful nuclear activities.

“Your daily reminder that Israel possesses the only nuclear weapons in our region and how US duplicity was as rampant 40 years ago as it is today,” the top Iranian diplomat wrote on his Twitter account on September 24.

In relevant remarks earlier in September, Iranian Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations Kazzem Qaribabadi reiterated that his country is conducting utmost transparency in its nuclear program, adding that the maximum pressure campaign is doomed to failure.

“I would like to reaffirm that all nuclear activities in Iran are conducted in the outmost transparent manner and are under the Agency’s verification and monitoring and there is no concealed nuclear activity,” Qaribabadi said before the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy agency (IAEA), dismissing all anti-Tehran allegations in with regard to its nuclear program.

The Iranian ambassador stressed that while the US has prioritized its anti-Tehran campaign of “maximum pressure” on top of its foreign policy agenda, Iran’s history is full of illustrations to substantiate that such a policy is “doomed to fail”.

“The destructive behavior of the US and the economic terrorism pursued by its current Administration against the Islamic Republic of Iran and other countries, should be stopped. Violation of the UN-Security Council resolution by the US, and thereby, imposing unilateral unlawful sanctions against Iran, is endangering the only significant achievement of diplomacy in the region in recent decades. The International Community should also stand up to this wrong habit of the US in manipulating the power of Dollar as a weapon against other independent States,” he went on saying.

He warned against the destructive role of the US and Israel in trying to dampen “constructive relations” between Iran and the IAEA.

The Iranian envoy added that his country appreciates efforts of some signatory states to the nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, to save the agreement, reminding that Tehran has always welcomed further talks and cooperation for salvaging the accord.

Referring to pressures against Iran, which is partly exerted through running anti-Iran smear campaigns on mainstream media, Qaribabadi said, “For the Islamic Republic of Iran, such show-offs have no value, and according to the decision taken by the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, steps designed to cease the obligations under the JCPOA in a 60-day intervals will be pursued vigorously, and will not be influenced by such artificial media mainstreaming.”

 

 

 

 

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