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Iran: Atomic arms cause serious danger to humanity


(MENAFN) Iran has once again repeated its view on the need to remove atomic arms, stressing that they pose a serious danger to people.

“I would like to reaffirm the global responsibility towards nuclear disarmament as a priority while paying homage to the victims of nuclear weapons at the hands of the U.S. twice in 1945,” Reza Najafi, Iran’s deputy foreign minister for lawful and global affairs, stated at the High-Level Plenary Meeting of the UN General Assembly to Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear-Weapons.

He added, “The threat to humanity by nuclear weapons is serious, and unfortunately, the possibility of their use is high. Relying on nuclear deterrence, lowering the threshold, its arms race, nuclear sharing and the vivid cases of threats to use, the existence of almost 13,000 nuclear warheads in the arsenals maintained and modernized, all prove to be a type of iceberg for the magnitude of this threat.”

Najafi also said, “The US withdrawal from the INF spelled an end to the commitment to eliminate an entire class of nuclear missiles. Similarly, its withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018 proved it has no respect for its international commitments. We believe that the extension of the new START should be followed by a concrete agreement on nuclear disarmament. It should be noted with grave concern that the US Government, at the global level, and the illegitimate entity of the Israeli regime, at the regional level, are the main hindrances in moving toward nuclear disarmament.”

He continued, “Iran is of the view that the use of nuclear weapons anywhere, in any way and under any circumstances is a grave violation of international law and a crime against humanity.
We strongly support the NAM proposal to commence in the CD a comprehensive convention encompassing the entire cycle of nuclear weapons. Based on Article VI of the NPT, nuclear disarmament is the legal, political and moral obligation, particularly for Nuclear Weapon States. The only guarantee to ensure that nuclear weapons will never be used again is their total elimination.”

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