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Iran's N-activities in line with NPT, under IAEA supervision: Hosseini

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 18, IRNA
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said here Thursday that Iran's nuclear activities are in line with provisions of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and are under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Hosseini made the remarks in reaction to a statement of the new Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon on Iran's nuclear program.

In his first meeting Tuesday with US President George W Bush since assuming office on Jan 1, Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said he and Bush agreed that Iran's nuclear program is a "serious threat to international security."

"Ignoring the right of IAEA members to pursue peaceful nuclear technology is against the provisions of the NPT, the right having been emphasized and backed by 118 countries of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) during its summit on December 22, 2006," he said.

He expressed his surprise over the statement of the secretary-general which implies his ignorance of a basic principle in the NPT, that is, the right of member states to be treated equally in their rights as provided in this treaty.

"We expect the UN secretary-general's remarks and stances to be in accordance with the UN Charter and to uphold its principles and responsibilities, and to observe fairness in decision making," the spokesman said.

He hoped Secretary-General Ban would lead the way in fair implementation of the UN Charter by avoiding unilateral approaches and using his powers to arrive at rational decisions and materialize constructive initiatives.

Hosseini also expressed hope the secretary-general would take decisive steps to restore international peace and security.

He called on him to use his enormous powers to end serious dangers to global peace such the growing nuclear threat posed by certain countries in the region and deal with the Zionist regime, which has recently admitted that it possesses nuclear weapons raising concerns in the entire Middle East.

The spokesman hoped Ban, during his tenure, would take up the initiative of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which the UN General Assembly approved last year, to rid the world of all weapons of mass destruction.


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