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Iran urges global bid against terror

An Iranian Foreign Ministry official has stressed the importance of adopting comprehensive international measures to counter terrorism in all its forms.

“It is necessary that the international community take a coordinated and comprehensive move without discriminatory, political and spiteful approaches to fight against all forms of terrorism and counter terror threats,” said director general for international and political affairs at Iran’s Foreign Ministry Gholam Hossein Dehqani.

He added that the Islamic Republic believes that complete eradication of weapons of mass destruction would be the most effective means to prevent terrorists and non-state actors from gaining access to such weapons.

“The mere existence and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction are inhuman, immoral and illegal and runs counter to fundamental human principles,” the Iranian representative to the UN Security Council (UNSC) added.

He emphasized that stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction and thousands of nuclear warheads in arsenals of major powers serve as roots of horror, threats to peace and lack of confidence in the international scene.

Dehqani criticized countries possessing nuclear weapons for their failure in fulfilling their commitments, based on international regulations, to destroy such weapons and stressed that such countries are the ones responsible for spreading nuclear arms on a daily basis.

The remarks by the Iranian diplomat came as the UNSC held an open meeting on Monday to hear reports made by the heads of the 1267 Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) and the 1540 Committee.

On April 28, 2004, the UNSC unanimously adopted Resolution 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The resolution urges all member states to develop and enforce appropriate legal and regulatory measures against the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and their means of delivery, in particular, to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors.

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