3 December 2012

Explanation of Vote of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran

On Draft Resolution:

“The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East”

At the 67th Session of the General Assembly

New York, 3 December 2012

In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

Mr. President,

I take the floor regarding draft resolution on “The risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East” which contains a reference to the 2012 Conference on the Establishment of a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in the Middle East.
It is a source of deepest regret that after the adoption of this draft resolution the United States announced that this Conference would not be convened.
While the Islamic Republic of Iran and all Arab countries announced their intention to participate in the Conference, the United States claims that “states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for a conference.”
But the truth is that the Israeli regime was the only party which rejected to participate in the Conference; a fact that even the United States itself could not cover it up and stated in its statement that the United States “would not support a conference in which any regional state would be subject to pressure or isolation.”
In fact to avoid such isolation, the United States under the pretext of “appropriate guidelines” on “security issues in the Middle East”, which “provide the necessary assurance that states can attend Conference, ironically conveys the preconditions of Israeli regime for participation in the Conference.
The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly rejects any precondition regarding the 2012 Conference whatsoever and by whomsoever, including for the participation therein, and stresses that there should be strong pressure on that regime, to participate in the Conference without any precondition.
We fully associate ourselves with the statement issued recently by the Non-Aligned Movement on the 2012 Conference on the establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and all Other Weapons of Mass Destruction in which NAM strongly rejects the alleged impediments presented by the Conveners for not convening the Conference on schedule, and urges them all to convene the Conference in 2012 in accordance with the mandate entrusted to them by the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference in order to avoid any negative repercussions on the relevance and credibility of the NPT, its 2015 Review process and the nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation regime as a whole.
The Islamic Republic of Iran once again would like to make it clear that the decision on 2012 Conference was adopted consensually by the NPT States Parties and accordingly, not only any decision on that shall be made by the NPT Review Conference itself, but also the Rules of Procedures of the NPT Review Conferences shall fully apply to the 2012 Conference, including its preparatory process.

I thank you Mr. President.

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