1 November 2013

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

On Draft Resolution:

“Transparency in Armaments”

At the 68th Session of the First Committee

New York, 1 November 2013

بسم الله

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

Mr. Chairman,

In consistence with our principled position in recent years in advocating a more comprehensive approach towards transparency in armaments, my delegation will abstain on draft resolution on “Transparency in Armaments” contained in document A/C.1/68/L.30.
We repeatedly announced that transparency in conventional arms without transparency in Weapons of Mass Destruction is imbalanced and lacks comprehensiveness, particularly in the volatile region of the Middle East where the Israeli regime as the only non-party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, continues developing nuclear weapons and other Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The resolution 46/36 L of 9 December 1991, as the main terms of reference for transparency in armaments, has not been fully and faithfully implemented. After more than a decade of the operation of the UN Register, there is only a recall of that resolution in the current draft while it was supposed that the UN Register to be a first step towards initiating such transparency in all kinds of armaments including Weapons of Mass Destruction, in particular nuclear weapons.
My delegation hopes that in future a true and comprehensive transparency in armaments, which should include all kind of armaments particularly Weapons of Mass Destruction, would be pursued by the General Assembly as recommended by the Group of Governmental Experts.

I thank you Mr. Chairman.

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