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Tehran int'l conference emphasizes need for disarmament, Mottaki

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, April 18, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Sunday that Tehran International Conference on Disarmament of Nuclear Weapons and Non-Proliferation emphasized the need for Disarmament.

"Certain states have envisaged weapons of mass destruction in their defense doctrine and want to stockpile WMDs as a privilege for themselves. They resort to various excuses deceiving the international community to justify possessing nuclear arms and at the same time posing threats to the international community with WMDs," he said.

Mottaki made the remarks in the closing ceremony of Tehran International Conference on 'Disarmament and Non-Proliferation'.

Assessing the outcome of the international conference, he said that representatives of all countries taking part in the International Conference agreed on three major provisions of the NPT -- non-proliferation of weapons of mass destructions, Global disarmament and peaceful use of nuclear energy with a new outlook.

Given victims of weapons of mass destruction, chemical and biological weapons in Iran during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988), he said that they used chemical weapons against civilians in Sardasht, other parts of Iran and the people living in Halabja of Iraq.

Some of the victims of the heinous crimes are in hospitals in Iran, Europe or at their homes, requiring the international community to take necessary measure to eliminate such weapons, he said.

He said that representatives of 60 countries delivered speeches in the conference which indicate that they are ready to take a collective action to this end, he said.

He said that since 1974, Iran has raised the issue of making the Middle East free from weapons of mass destruction with the United Nations and pursues the goal at the annual Conferences of the U.N. General Assembly.

He said that in 1990-1993 the international community witnessed endless efforts of the United Nations member states in Geneva to reach consensus to draw up a convention on elimination of chemical weapons, but, regretfully the efforts were left as an offensive or defensive issue. However, the global will led to writing of a convention in 1992.

"The convention had defined its goals for the next 20 years so that the target year is 2012. According to this convention all chemical weapons should be eliminated by the end of 2012."

“If global community takes serious action to annihilate chemical and biological weapons, the issue should be applied to wider issue that is elimination of nuclear weapon,” Mottaki said.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 1063738



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