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US, biggest violator of NPT: Iran's FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, June 12, IRNA -- Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi here on Sunday termed the United States as the biggest violator of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), adding the US is the only country that has used nuclear weapons against other states.

'The United States has played active role in spreading out nuclear weapons,' said Salehi in his address to the 2nd International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation in Tehran.

'Surprisingly, this state (US) introduces itself as the greatest advocate of non- proliferation of nuclear weapons,' said Salehi.

He further said the Zionist regime is the only obstacle in the way of establishment of a region far from nuclear weapons.

The Zionist regime, which is fully supported by Washington, is the root cause of terrorism, aggression and insecurity, he noted.

Today, the international community, more than any other time in the history, is endangered by nuclear arms, said Salehi, regretting that 23,000 nuclear warheads are possessed by only few countries.

The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that nuclear disarmament is a need for ensuring global peace, said Salehi, reiterating that this is an 'unconditional issue.'

He underlined the need for exerting pressure on the Zionist regime to make it join the NPT so that peace and security would establish throughout the region.

The 2nd International Conference on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation opened in Iran's capital city this morning.

The international event is planned to review the existing challenges of disarmament and weapons of mass destruction.

A number of foreign envoys residing in Tehran and experts from 40 world countries are taking part in the ongoing event.

Representatives from several international bodies including the United Nations, the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC), and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are also present in the conference.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30427658

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