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Kharrazi: NAM should oppose limiting nuclear technology for members

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran June 14, IRNA
Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi called here Monday for Non-Aligned Movement's (NAM) opposition to efforts aimed at setting arbitrary and biased limitation on the right of member states to acquire peaceful nuclear technology.

The Iranian embassy in Qatar reported that Speaking on the sidelines of the Special NAM Foreign Ministerial meeting in Doha, Kharrazi stressed on the need for unified position by the member nations.

He said the NAM should adopt a common stance regarding the reform in the UN organizational structure and over the article on use of force and preemptive strikes.

He also cautioned the NAM members on the dangers of existence of weapons production by the nuclear powers.

Kharrazi called for the increasing effectiveness of the UN General Assembly as the main decision making body within the UN.

The NAM meeting also adopted a resolution encompassing Kharrazi's aforementioned points and directed its office in New York to continue consultations between all sides to reach a common stance on much needed reforms in the UN structure.

As the president of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that NAM's position is to mphasize the greater need for consultation and multilateralism in the world of today.

Speaking to IRNA, prior to his Tehran visit in May, Badawi touched on various issues.

"Though NAM's birth was the product of Cold War, the continuing large presence and support of member states demonstrates the validity, relevance and growing importance of the movement.

"With the end of the Cold War and rapid transformation of the world, the challenges facing NAM is in its ability to adjust to the current realities," he added.

Badawi said that as chairman of NAM, Malaysia's mission is to revitalize the underlying philosophy of NAM in striving for a global order that is secure and oriented towards prosperity, justice and equity.

Turning to Iran's right to have peaceful nuclear energy, as a UN member, the Malaysian premier said that his country welcomes the ongoing EU-Iran consultations aiming to resolve the remaining outstanding issues on Iran's nuclear program.


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