(MENAFN) Iran has once more reassured its position on the necessity to disregard nuclear weapons, highlighting that they assure a serious danger to humanity.
“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 legal and worldwide affairs, stated that at the High-Level Plenary gathering of the UN General Assembly to Promote the International Day for the overall Elimination of Nuclear-Weapons.
He stated that “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.”
In line with Najafi, “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.”
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