UN passes Iran-proposed resolution on disarmament
Press TV -(Sat Nov 2, 2013) The UN General Assembly has approved a draft resolution proposed by Iran on international nuclear disarmament despite strong opposition by the US, the Israeli regime and certain Western countries.
Iran’s proposal on global disarmament was passed at a session of the Disarmament and International Security Committee of the General Assembly with a recorded vote of 113 in favor, 52 against and seven abstentions.
The resolution urges nuclear-armed countries to rapidly adopt the necessary measures in order to abide by their international commitments regarding disarmament. It specifically calls for the full annihilation of nuclear arsenals, transparently, irrevocably, and under international supervision.
According to the resolution, non-nuclear states should be given guarantees that they will not be threatened or attacked by nuclear weapons.
It also calls on the General Assembly to urge all signatories to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to follow up on the implementation of their obligations as agreed at the 1995, 2000 and 2010 Review Conferences.
On Friday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated the Islamic Republic’s long-held position against the development of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs), calling for the dismantling of all kinds of WMDs, including nuclear weapons.
“The world must be cleared of WMD and nuclear weapons because it is a necessity for the world security. Our objective must be prohibition of nuclear and mass destruction weapons,” he said.