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Iran's proposals at NPT confab concerns atomic powers

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New York, United Nations, May 2, IRNA -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on his way to New York with a series of proposals for the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference.

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad left Tehran for New York Sunday morning to attend the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference at the UN headquarters.

The president is accompanied by Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Senior Advisor to the President Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization Ali-Akbar Salehi, Head of the Presidential Office Esfandiar Rahim Mashaee and Press Advisor to the President and Head of the Islamic Republic News Agency Ali-Akbar Javan-Fekr.

Iran’s presence at the highest level in the NPT conference, due to begin at the United Nations headquarters on Monday, indicated the great importance given to the issue by Tehran.

President Ahmadinejad’s presence in the conference has concerned those who have tried so hard in the past years to undermine the treaty.

Those who felt concerned by President Ahmadinejad’s presence in the conference fear that he would cast light on their policies to weaken the Treaty by outlining Iran’s principled positions on the issue of its peaceful nuclear program.

It was clearly mentioned in a statement released by the Zionist regime’s agents at the US Senate on Friday that no visa should be granted to the Iranian president by the US officials as he would change the conference into another battlefield against Israel at the international level.

Not only the Zionist regime has not signed the NPT relying on the help of its Western supporters, but it has also developed a rich arsenal of atomic weapons which according to Western media is bigger than that of Britain.

In another word, certain Western states, the US and France in particular, along with the Zionist regime should be introduced as the main violators of the NPT and its Article 1.

It is said in the article that each nuclear-weapons state party to the Treaty “undertakes not to transfer to any recipient whatsoever nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices or control over such weapons or explosive devices directly, or indirectly; and not in any way to assist, encourage, or induce any non-nuclear weapon state to manufacture or otherwise acquire nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, or control over such weapons or explosive devices.”

This is the point which the Western supporters of the Zionist regime are not willing to be mentioned at the international circles.

This is also why the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has said that President Ahmadinejad would “not have a particularly receptive audience” if he touched upon other issues which would “divert attention” off the conference.

During the NPT review conference, President Ahmadinejad is to present his proposals both on behalf of Iran and on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement member states.

The proposals are related to three main subjects of the Treaty including the issue of non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, disarmament and peaceful use of the nuclear energy.

President Ahmadinejad is also to discuss other major issues such as universality of the NPT, making an atomic-weapon-free Middle East and the issue of security guarantees that should be given to non-nuclear-weapon states by nuclear-weapon states.

Implementation of disarmament obligations on a systematic basis is the most important issue sought by Iran and the 118 member states of NAM which also form two thirds of the UN member states.

The Arab League countries are to act as members of the Non-Aligned Movement at the conference.


End News / IRNA / News Code 1091267

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