|Iran calls for removing limits on transfer of nuclear equipment||
TEHRAN - The Iranian ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has expressed strong opposition to any kind of limitation on the transfer of nuclear equipment to developing countries under the pretext that such equipment is ‘sensitive’.
Reza Najafi said such limitations are completely contrary to the spirit of the NPT.
Najafi made the remarks during his speech on Monday at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2015 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) which opened in New York on Thursday.
He said recognizing the NPT signatories’ right to a peaceful use of nuclear technology is one of the fundamental goals of the NPT, adding that transfer of nuclear materials and equipment to developing countries for peaceful uses should be facilitated.
The countries’ inalienable right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes is a sovereign right and should be respected, the diplomat stated.
Najafi went on to say that the growing need of the global economy to energy highlights the importance of nuclear energy and this entails respect to the countries’ rights to nuclear technology.
At the end of his speech, Najafi proposed the committee to take necessary measures to fully acknowledge the countries’ right to use nuclear technology for civilian uses.
The third pillar of the NPT allows for and agrees upon the transfer of nuclear technology and materials to NPT signatory countries for the development of civilian nuclear energy programs in those countries, as long as they can demonstrate that their nuclear programs are not being used for the development of nuclear weapons.
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