TEHRAN, YJC.-- An Iranian envoy to the UN has reiterated Tehran’s proposal for a Middle East free of nuclear arms, blaming the Israeli regime for hampering efforts to cleanse the entire region of all nuclear weapons.
Pointing to Israeli bids to oppose and
obstruct an Iranian initiative to rid the Middle East of all atomic
warheads, Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN
Gholam-Hossein Dehqani said in a Monday address to the UN Disarmament
Commission (UNDC) meeting that the Islamic Republic and all Arab nations
have declared their willingness to partake in a conference on
eliminating all nuclear arms in the region without preconditions.
Dehqani further pointed to Iran’s insistence that all UN amendments
for freeing the Middle East and the world from nuclear arms must be
implemented, emphasizing that the eradication of all atomic weapons
across the globe is the only ultimate guarantee for removing this
The Iranian official also stressed that since the US atomic bombing
of the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, nuclear
disarmament has remained one of the greatest global priorities and the
UN General Assembly called for the abolishment of atomic bombs in a
resolution at its first meeting on January 24, 1946.
Dehqani expressed regret, however, that "the maintenance
of thousands of nuclear arms in the weapon depots of nuclear powers” on
their own soil as well as in the territories of their allies "threatens
international peace and security and the existence of human
He further pointed to major concerns about the continued allocation
of billions of dollars by countries that possess nuclear weapons for the
testing and development of a new generation of atomic arms, as well as
constructing new facilities to manufacture such weapons of mass
The Iranian envoy also pointed to the massive annual expenditures
for the production and development of nuclear arms by some of the
countries that possess atomic warheads and said there are major concerns
regarding the expansion of nuclear military programs by these
Calling for the total eradication of such nuclear arms, Dehqani
further expressed regret about the "slow progress” of issue of nuclear
disarmament at the United Nations, reiterating the Islamic Republic’s
insistence on eliminating all atomic arms based on the nation’s core
opposition to all weapons of mass destruction.
The Israeli regime is widely believed to be the only possessor of
nuclear weapons in the Middle East. The regime reportedly maintains
between 200 and 400 atomic warheads, but under its policy of so-called
nuclear ambiguity, it has never denied nor confirmed its possession of
the weapons of mass destruction.
Furthermore, the Israeli regime has never allowed any international
inspection of its nuclear facilities and has refused to sign the nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). It has also refused to join the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which limits members to
civilian uses of the nuclear technology.
The UNDC meets annually in geographical working groups for three
weeks in the spring, but over the years it has failed to agree on any
substantial outcome. The commission, like most other UN bodies, is
heavily influenced and manipulated by the US and its allies to ensure
their global interests are served through the world body.