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Envoy Underscores Iran, NAM’s Emphasis on N. Disarmament


Iran and the other members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) insist on global nuclear disarmament, Iran’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazayee said.

Addressing an extraordinary meeting of the NAM at the UN premises to discuss the movement’s positions in the NPT Review Conference, Khazayee said NAM member states call for the disarmament of all countries possessing nuclear weapons.

“We have always announced nuclear disarmament as one of our most important priorities while emphasizing the right of all signatories to the NPT [Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons] to use peaceful nuclear energy,” the Iranian diplomat said.

He reaffirmed NAM’s support for the establishment of a Middle-East region free of nuclear weapons.

Iran has repeatedly expressed its strong opposition to any production, possession or use of nuclear weapons, saying such arms have no place in the Islamic Republic’s nuclear doctrine.

On February 22, 2012, Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei said Iran considers the pursuit and possession of nuclear weapons “a grave sin” from every logical, religious and theoretical standpoint.

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