TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - At a UN Conference to Negotiate a Legally Binding Instrument to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons, Iran’s delegation has voiced Islamic Republic’s strong support for international efforts toward total elimination of these weapons.
“Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supported the goal of the treaty prohibiting possession, utilization, or threat to use nuclear weapons in the world,” Iranian ambassador and permanent representative in in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi said in a speech after the treaty was approved.
He referred to Iran’s Supreme Leader fatwa based on which weapons of mass destruction are haram (forbidden) and appreciated the conference recognition of religious leaders role in efforts to complete elimination of nuclear weapons.
Reminding the threats of Zionist regime’s nuclear weapons in Middle East Najafi noted that Iran’s suggestion of a nuclear weapon-free Middle East is one of the country’s efforts to remove the very threat from the region.
It is noteworthy to say that this treaty for the first time, 70 years after US’s use of nuclear weapon in Hiroshima and 50 years after the Non-Proliferation Treaty on nuclear weapons (NPT) concluded, possessing, producing, using, or threatening to use nuclear weapons, the present treaty forbids using the weapons.
Also according to the treaty, the possessors of nuclear weapons are obliged to present UN Secretary General with an inventory of their nuclear weapons and facilities and immediately de-operationalize them and then, exterminate them under international supervision and verification.
All of the world’s eight nuclear-armed countries, including the United States, Russia, Britain, China, France, India, Pakistan, North Korea as well as the Israeli regime had boycotted the negotiations.