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News number: 8902141530

18:03 | 2010-05-04

Nuclear

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SNSC Secretary Underlines Iran's Strong Quest for Global N. Disarmament

TEHRAN (FNA)- Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili said on Tuesday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's participation in the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in New York displayed Tehran's serious pursuit of global nuclear disarmament.



"Our president clearly displayed through his presence at the (Non-Proliferation Treaty) NPT Review Conference yesterday that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an explicit advocate of nuclear disarmament in the world," Jalili said.

He underlined that Iran proved during the conference that it is a strong opponent of nuclear proliferation.

Jalili also lashed out at the world powers for their negligence towards Israel's nuclear stockpile, and said, "The Zionist regime has officially announced that it possesses 200 nuclear warheads but nobody asks the regime about the way it has acquired these warheads."

Israel, the Middle East's sole nuclear power, possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads while it is not a signatory to the NPT or any other international convention. The Zionist regime has never allowed UN inspectors to visit its nuclear sites or arsenals.

Iran, an NPT-signatory, has called for the removal of all weapons of mass destruction from across the globe.

The UN General Assembly approved a draft resolution proposed by Iran on nuclear disarmament in October amid strong opposition by the US, Britain, France, Israel and a number of western countries.

The resolution ratified in the first committee of the UN General Assembly calls on all nuclear countries to annihilate their nuclear weapons under the supervision of international bodies.

More than 100 countries, including non-nuclear members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), voted for the resolution.

The resolution also urges Israel to join the NPT and allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect its nuclear installations.

Also in pursuit of global nuclear disarmament, Tehran held a conference on nuclear disarmament on April 18-19 with officials from different world countries in attendance.

During the two-day conference, world officials and politicians put their heads together to address issues and concerns in connection with nuclear disarmament.

Foreign ministers, representatives and nuclear experts from 60 world countries participated in the event to discuss challenges on nuclear disarmament, countries' commitment to nuclear dismantlement and disarmament and aftermaths of inaction in the destruction of the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs).