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15:27 | 2009-11-03


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Iran Lambasts Paradoxical Policies towards NPT

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian envoy to the UN strongly criticized nuclear cooperation with the Zionist regime of Israel by a number of nuclear states, saying the move displays paradoxical policies towards the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

"The nuclear cooperation of a few nuclear weapon states with the Zionist regime is a clear manifestation of their non-compliance to both letter and spirit of the NPT. This is an example of paradoxical policies towards the NPT," Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaee said, speaking before the UN General Assembly on the Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Such double standards and discriminatory approaches would only undermine the reliability and integrity of the NPT and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)," Khazaee underlined.

Reminding that the Islamic Republic of Iran attaches great importance to the universality of the NPT and IAEA Safeguards, the envoy added, "The recent resolutions of the IAEA General Conference regarding the Application of agency Safeguards in the Middle East and Nuclear Capabilities of Israeli Regime which were reaffirmed by the newly adopted resolutions of the First Committee are strong messages of international community to Zionist Regime."

This regime (Israel) as the only non-party to the NPT in the Middle East is the main obstacle in establishing the nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East, Khazaee reiterated.

Reminding Israel's nuclear arsenals, the Iranian envoy stated, "The clandestine nuclear weapon program of this regime which is carried out in its unsafeguarded secret facilities is the most serious threat to the regional as well as international peace and security."

He further called upon all member states to do their utmost efforts and fully implement their obligations under the NPT and the 1995 Middle East Resolution.

Elsewhere, Khazaee urged IAEA to strengthen its efforts in nuclear cooperation and assistance in particular to developing countries.

"Nuclear renaissance is on the horizon. Therefore, the IAEA bears the main responsibility to play its role as the sole inclusive international organization in promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology," the envoy noted.

"In this context, the IAEA should be the major body to assist States Parties to the NPT to fully implement article IV of the NPT, according to which, States Parties have undertaken to facilitate the fullest possible exchange of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for the peaceful uses of nuclear technology," Khazaee underlined.