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Nukes has no place in Iran's defense doctrine: Salehi

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

News Code :9012-06285

TEHRAN (ISNA) - Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said nuclear weapon has no place in Iran's defense doctrine.

Speaking in nuclear disarmament conference in Geneva on Tuesday, Salehi stressed the Islamic Republic of Iran's commitment to international nuclear disarmament in line with establishing peace, security and stability in the world.

Salehi emphasized the necessity of collective and continuous cooperation toward sustainable security and added 23,000 nuclear warheads placed in nuclear countries' arsenals pose the biggest threat to sustainable security.

"It is deeply concerning that those countries with such weapons are threatening other countries including the non-nuclear ones with these arms freely. The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that nuclear arms have no place in an international system which is based on sustainable security."

Iranian Foreign Minister also expressed sorrow over lack of efficient and organized progress toward implementing nuclear disarmament according to Article 6 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Salehi added cooperation of some European countries with nuclear countries, deployment of nuclear arms in non-nuclear countries' territories, rising military budget, strategic changes and improvement of quality of nuclear arms are the main problems to advance nuclear weapons' talks.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that it is the time that nuclear disarmament holds a special committee for negotiations on nuclear arms conventions," he added.

Zionist regime's nuclear weapons is a permanent threat to the Middle East, he said adding, "Considering the regime's black record in aggression, occupation and creating terror, a Middle East free of nuclear weapons is an important issue."

"The great nation of Iran will defend its certain rights to use peaceful nuclear technology and it never yields to terror and threat," he added.

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