31 October 2013
Explanation of Vote of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
On Draft Resolution:
“Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments”
At the 68th Session of the First Committee
New York, 31 October 2013
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
My delegation joined the consensus in the adoption of draft resolution on “Towards a nuclear-weapon-free world: accelerating the implementation of nuclear disarmament commitments”, contained in document: A/C.1/68/L.18.
Nevertheless, we would like to put on record that this resolution is acceptable for us inasmuch as their content is in line with the Final Document of the 2010 NPT Review Conference.
Moreover, in regard to references made to the meetings of Nuclear-Weapon States, as well as the implementation of certain bilateral agreements between two Nuclear-Weapon States, we would like to stress that reduction in deployment and in operational status cannot substitute for irreversible cuts in, and the total elimination of, nuclear weapons.
At the same time, we call upon the parties to that agreement, in fulfillment of their nuclear disarmament obligations, to apply the principles of transparency, irreversibility and international verifiability to such reductions and to further reduce their nuclear arsenals, both warheads and delivery systems.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.