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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
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Tehran Conference Calls for Nuclear-Free Middle
East, Pointing to Israel Which Refuses Sign Non-Proliferation Treaty
Iran: Nuclear disarmament most important step towards safe
TEHRAN, April 17, 2010 (Xinhua) --
Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili said Saturday that
nuclear disarmament is the most important step towards safe world, the
semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
"Nuclear disarmament is the most important step towards the safe
world," Jalili said, adding that "the international community should
take measures on the issue with all of its potentials."
Jalili, who is also secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security
Council (SNSC), made the remarks when addressing the International
Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation held in Tehran.
He called for setting a specified timetable for annihilating nuclear
weapons, the report said.
Meanwhile, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday called
for the launch of global establishment to supervise nuclear weapons
To implement disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass
destruction, "the formation of an independent international group to
plan and to supervise the disarmament of nuclear weapons and its
non-proliferation" is proposed, Ahmadinejad said.
Opened on Saturday, the Tehran conference will focus on three major
topics, namely disarmament challenges, international obligations for
disarmament and non-proliferation and practical steps for the
materialization of disarmament.
The conference, dubbed "Nuclear Energy for all, Nuclear Weapons for
None," will last for two days.
'Iran nuclear summit to ease NPT reform'
Press TV, Sat, 17 Apr 2010 12:28:41 GMT
Iran's top envoy to the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali Asghar Soltanieh
(C), attends the opening session of a two-day nuclear disarmament
conference in Tehran on April 17, 2010.
Iran's ambassador to the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has urged pacifist countries
to unite efforts in order to reform the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
Speaking at a press conference in Tehran on Saturday,
Iran's top envoy to the IAEA, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, suggested that the
ongoing international disarmament and nonproliferation summit in Iran
could play a significant role in the outcome of next month's NPT
conference in New York.
“The message of the talks in Tehran will
without a doubt have an effect on the [NPT] review conference and
participating countries will walk away with a clearer vision,” Mehr News
Agency quoted Soltanieh as saying.
“We are hoping that the
conference in Tehran effectively paves the way for the NPT review talks
in New York,” he added.
He went on to emphasize that the NPT's
first 40 years had not been acceptably productive, warning that the
selective policies of the United States had undermined the treaty's
“The [NPT] conference is selective… and in the
absence of a large number of signatory nations and the non-binding
nature of its resolutions it does not have to be enforced and lacks
executive safeguards,” Soltanieh said.
Soltanieh concluded that
the conference in Tehran was the most significant event in the history
of nuclear disarmament and portrays the Islamic Republic of Iran's
dedication to the rules regulating the peaceful application of nuclear
Ahmadinejad: Era of Nuclear Threats Over
April 17, 2010
The era of nuclear menace and threats to the other world countries
has ended, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in remarks widely
seen as a response to the United States' recent nuclear threat against
"They should know that the era of reliance on nuclear
weapons has come to an end," Ahmadinejad said, addressing a two-day
international conference on nuclear disarmament here in Tehran on
"Threatening to use weapons, particularly nuclear
weapons, is special to those who lack clear logic and human mentality,"
Ahmadinejad said, adding, "Using threats against a strong logic belongs
to the past and lacks efficiency in relations."
use nuclear weapons just disgraced the American statesmen more than ever
and unveiled their inhumane and aggressive policies," the Iranian
Now is the era of the nations, thought and
culture, Ahmadinejad said, adding that reliance on weapons in
international relations is a heritage bequeathed from uncivilized
governments and those who lag behind the history.
comments came in reaction to the recent remarks by US President Barack
Obama in which he threatened Iran with a nuclear attack. In its review
of the United States' nuclear arms strategy, Washington left open a
nuclear strike against countries that have signed a global NPT but stand
accused of violating its terms.
Obama, in an interview with the
New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers
like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear
Iran Kicks-off Nuclear Summit
Saturday April 17, 2010 10:43 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
Iran has officially started, Saturday, its summit on nuclear
disarmament and non-proliferation of atomic weapons, the Iranian Press
TV reported. The conference will last for two days while the
participants will be discussing the issue of nuclear power and
Experts from 70 different countries will be
participating in the conference dubbed “Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear
Weapon for No One”.
Press TV stated that the main goal of the
conference is to raise international awareness on the issue.
Tehran wants to draw international attention to the issue of main world
powers that are stockpiling nuclear weapons, and the threats this issue
poses on the international level.
It also wants to indicate that
the International Atomic Energy Agency has unbalanced standards in
dealing with different countries that have nuclear power, mainly Israel
and the United States.
Iran also intends to make the point that
all countries must be able to obtain “clean and peaceful nuclear
energy”, the Press TV added.
Egypt will be participating in the
summit despite its strong diplomatic ties with Israel and the United
States. Egypt’s relations with Iran has been severed since 1979 but the
county is participating by sending diplomats.
The main document of the summit states that the
International Community had failed in creating a nuclear-free zone in
the Middle East as Israel is refusing to sign any treaty in this regard.
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