31 October 2013

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

On Draft Resolution:

“Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction”

At the 68th Session of the First Committee

New York, 31 October 2013
بسم الله

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

Mr. Chairman,

I wish to explain the position of my delegation on draft resolution “Measures to prevent terrorists from acquiring weapons of mass destruction” contained in document A/C.1/68/L.23.
As one of the main victims of terrorist acts, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always supported the measures to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations on a non-discriminatory basis.
In pursuit of this principled position, my country has always supported this resolution since its introduction at the First Committee.
However, the draft proposed this year contains a reference to the so-call “Nuclear Security Summits”, a closed, exclusive and selected gathering for a selective approach towards nuclear security based on the assumption that the possession of nuclear weapons by few countries should be continued and the only major problem is how to secure the weapons and needed materials for production of such weapons.
A thorough review of the documents of these gatherings indicates that in those documents there is even no single word about nuclear disarmament and total elimination of nuclear weapons which is the only absolute guarantee against the threat posed to the regional and international peace and security by nuclear weapons.
Furthermore, this is an inappropriate approach that certain countries discuss some significant issues outside the framework of the United Nations and seek the UN endorsement for their decisions in order to legitimize them. In our view, nuclear security is an important international issue that needs to be addressed within the relevant multilateral organizations in an open, comprehensive and transparent manner, with the equal participation of all States. Therefore, such discriminatory approach is totally unacceptable to us.
Despite full sympathy with the thrust of the resolution, the reference to the said gatherings in the current draft obliged my delegation, while joining the consensus, to disassociate itself from the paragraph contained therein on the
so-called Nuclear Security Summits.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.

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