1 November 2013
Explanation of Vote of the Delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran
On Draft Resolution:
“Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations”
At the 68th Session of the First Committee
New York, 1 November 2013
In the Name of God, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful
I would like to explain the position of my delegation regarding draft resolution on “Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations” as contained in document: A/C.1/68/L.34.
We voted in favor of this draft resolution since it deals with nuclear disarmament which is the highest priority of the international community in maintaining and enhancing the regional and international peace and security.
However, we would like to put on record our views on some of the points contained in this draft resolution.
While the title of the resolution is nuclear disarmament, several references to non-proliferation has weakened the main focus of the resolutions that is nuclear disarmament.
The reference to the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on nuclear disarmament held on 26 September 2013 is completely appropriate. However, using the word “wish” in explaining the view of the international community for progress in nuclear disarmament is not factual thus unacceptable. As it has been stated in the Final Document of the SSOD-I, nuclear disarmament is the highest priority of the International community. This principle should always be reaffirmed and supported in all international fora dealing with disarmament.
Welcoming “the report of the work of the open-ended working group, reflecting the discussions and proposals made during its deliberations” as contained in OP. 2 of this draft resolution which shows the divergent views and positions of States in the OEWG should not be interpreted as its endorsement.
We appreciate the contribution of the civil society in research and awareness raising on nuclear disarmament. However, we do not support the way it is reflected in OPs 6 and 7. There is no doubt that the negotiation on nuclear disarmament exclusively is the responsibility of States. Moreover, we would like to stress that negotiation on nuclear disarmament should be carried out in the relevant international body. In fact, the extension of this issue to other UN bodies is not a right approach.
Any reference to the OEWG in OP 9 is not a decision on its future work and decision on the working group shall be considered in a comprehensive manner, taking into account the latest developments in the field of nuclear disarmament within the CD.
The Islamic Republic of Iran fully supports all multilateral activities aimed at the realization of the nuclear disarmament. Accordingly, we actively participated in the work of the Open-ended Working Group and by presenting a working paper containing our views and proposals contributed to its discussions and repot.
I thank you Mr. Chairman.