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Iran is an active member of the NPT but it has faced sanctions and discrimination

Secretary of Iran’s Human Rights Council Mohammad Javad Larijani lashed out at the West for pursuing discriminatory approaches towards different countries, saying the western states which call themselves advocates of human rights pressure Iran for its peaceful nuclear program while closing their eyes to Israel’s atomic arsenals.

“While the Islamic Republic of Iran is an active member of the NPT (Non-Proliferation Treaty), has always announced that it is not after producing (nuclear) bombs and has proved its clear commitment through detailed inspections (of the International Atomic Energy Agency), it has faced sanctions and discrimination,” Larijani said in a meeting with Head of Germany-Iran Parliamentary Friendship Group Bijan Jirsarayee in Tehran on Wednesday.

“But the Zionist regime which is not a member of the NPT, possesses nuclear weapons, is not committed to any undertakings and doesn’t allow inspection of its atomic facilities, is not paid any attention by any of the western and European media and political officials,” he added.

Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile and the western countries have kept mum on the regime’s atomic arsenals. Countries of the region have always called Israel’s nuclear disarmament as the only obstacle to the materialization of a Middle-East free from atomic weapons.

Israel does not recognize the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and has not signed the NPT, posing a great threat to the region and the world.

Larijani also deplored the European officials for their double-standard policies on human rights issues, and said they support the Zionist regime which is the biggest violator of human rights in the world and establish relations with certain regional states which lack democratic ruling systems.

The western states which call themselves as advocates of human rights close their eyes on the Zionist regime’s crimes committed against the Palestinian people and meantime they have close relations with the dictator Arab regimes of the region.

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