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China: No country should use nuclear weapons

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 17, IRNA -- Chinese Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Cheng Guoping said on Saturday that no country in the world is authorized to use nuclear weapons against others.

He made the remarks in a speech to the opening ceremony of the two-day International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation underway in Tehran with participation of over 60 countries.

Specifying secured places vis-a-vis the nuclear weapons could be regarded as a good help for nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, he pointed out.

He said that the current global developments have created suitable opportunity for dismantling nuclear weapons worldwide.

The international community should pay due attention to dismantling of nuclear weapons and help restore global security, he said.

"All signatories to Non-Proliferation Treaty expect that the NPT to be revised in the upcoming nuclear conference in New York which won support of international community," he said.

"All countries should act upon their pledges stipulated in the article six of NPT."

Dismantling of nuclear weapons could help restore regional and globally peace and stability, he said adding that to attain the goal, peaceful use of nuclear energy should be placed on the agenda.

He said that the International Atomic Energy Agency should play much active role to this end and back countries seeking peaceful use of nuclear energy.

China backs a Middle East region to be free from nuclear weapons, he said, calling on all countries in the region to join NPT and help ease existing tension in the region.

“We believe that no country should be entitled to use nuclear weapons against others,” he underlined.

Dismantling nuclear weapons will put an end to global insecurity, he said.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1061432

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