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News number: 9107158214

10:57 | 2013-04-07

Nuclear

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Iran Denounces Britain's Plan to Upgrade N. Arms

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran criticized Britain's plan to upgrade its nuclear weapons capability, renewing the Islamic Republic's call for a world free from nuclear weapons.



In an exclusive interview with press tv on Saturday, Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili reiterated that Iran's position is "No one should possess nuclear weapons."

"At the same time, all signatories to the Non-Proliferation Treaty must have the right to peaceful nuclear energy," he urged.

The Iranian official denounced the West's double standards regarding the right to nuclear energy.

Jalili noted while certain countries explicitly possess nuclear warheads and conduct military nuclear tests, others are barred from developing nuclear energy for civilian purposes.

Nuclear powers must be held accountable for their behaviors before the international community, he added.

He called on the UN Security Council to take action to disarm those countries, instead of focusing on a country which is trying to access nuclear energy to meet its medical needs.

British Prime Minister David Cameron recently unveiled a plan to renew UK's fleet of Vanguard-class submarines with more sophisticated nuclear systems.

Each of the four submarines is armed with up to 16 ballistic Trident-2 missiles and 40 nuclear warheads.

It is estimated that the upgrade will cost UK tax-payers nearly $40 bln.