0454 GMT December 03, 2021
“Achieving global nuclear disarmament remains one of the most long-lasting goals of the United Nations. Today, international security is under threat by the existence of almost 14,000 nuclear weapons with well-funded, long-term plans to not only modernize but also strengthen the arsenals of NWSs and so nuclear arms race,” Balouji said while addressing the UNGA’s 76th First Committee’s Combined Thematic Discussions: Nuclear Weapons, Other WMDs, Outer Space, and Conventional Weapons, IRNA reported.
Balouji pointed out that the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty (INF) spelled an end to the commitment to eliminate an entire class of nuclear missiles, adding, “Similarly, its withdrawal from the JCPOA [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action], and the unwillingness to return to it, have caused immense damages to international efforts towards nuclear disarmament.”
He said that in the same vein, the nuclear weapons of the Israeli regime are the main obstacle to establishing a nuclear-weapons-free zone in West Asia.
“We reiterate our call on the international community to compel Israel to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, promptly accede to the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] as a non-nuclear-weapon party without any preconditions and place all of its nuclear facilities under the IAEA’s [International Atomic Energy Agency] full-scope safeguards,” Balouji added.
He pointed out that Iran is among the countries with the highest record in accession to the international instruments banning WMD.
Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to have 200 to 300 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.
The regime has refused to allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the NPT.