Iran calls for legal action against NPT violators

May 7, 2008 - 0:0

TEHRAN - Iran’s ambassador to the UN nuclear watchdog, Ali-Asghar Soltanieh, has called for the implementation of Article VI of the Non-Proliferation Treaty which calls for total nuclear disarmament.

Addressing the NPT Review Conference and its Preparatory Committees in Geneva on Monday, he accused the United States, France, and Britain of violating articles I, IV, and VI of the NPT and specifically of facilitating Israel’s nuclear weapons program.
“Some countries are trying to propagate (the view) that nuclear energy means nuclear weapons, despite the fact that the nuclear activities of those NPT signatories that do not possess atomic weapons are under the direct supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
He called on the NPT Review Conference to focus on “the non-commitment of the abovementioned countries to international law, which poses serious threats to global security, as its main priority.”
It is regrettable that certain countries, including European Union states and Australia, are actively investigating the nuclear activities of developing states that are NPT signatories but they are dead silent about the major powers’ violations of the treaty, Soltanieh added.
“The Islamic Republic is determined to develop cooperation with other peace-loving countries” to ensure that the Zionist regime’s activities remain within the framework of international law and to “compel it to join the NPT” so that Israel would be forced to dismantle its nuclear weapons, he stated.
“Iran will never relinquish its inalienable right to utilize peaceful nuclear energy, including the fuel cycle and uranium enrichment… At the same time it will continue cooperation with the IAEA in line with its legal commitments to the NPT and the IAEA Statute,” he asserted