News ID: 318372
Published: 0355 GMT November 30, 2021

Iran, Syria say Israel must join NPT

Iran, Syria say Israel must join NPT

Iran’s UN ambassador denounced Israel’s clandestine nuclear program as "real threat" to the Middle East, saying it must join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in the first step toward the realization of a region free of weapons of mass destruction.

Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remarks in a Monday statement to the second session of the Conference on the Establishment of a Middle East Zone Free of Nuclear Weapons and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction.

In order to remove the obstacles to the establishment of a WMD-free zone, first and foremost, Israel must join all related international legally binding instruments banning weapons of mass destruction, he said, Press TV wrote.

“Above all, it (Israel) must join the NPT without any precondition while placing all of its nuclear facilities and activities under the comprehensive safeguards of the IAEA,” he added, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Takht-Ravanchi also criticized the United States for its unwillingness to engage constructively in the work of the conference and for its continuous support for Israel, including its condoning of the regime’s dangerous nuclear weapons program.

“The rejection of the US and Israel to participate in the conference is a major hurdle in its success. Practically, any possible treaty on the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East will be meaningless and ineffective unless an entity possessing all types of WMD adheres to it. Therefore, necessary measures should be taken to solve these problems,” he stated.

Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. Tel Aviv has refused to allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the NPT.

Unlike Israel, Iran is an NPT signatory and has consistently maintained that its nuclear program is exclusively civilian and subject to the most intensive UN supervision on earth.

Pointing to the UN nuclear watchdog’s reports, Takht-Ravanchi voiced regret that some delegations raised “unwarranted concerns” about Iran’s nuclear program.

“It is unfortunate that this August meeting is being misused to distract the attention from the real threat to the region, that is, the Israeli nuclear weapon program,” he lamented.

 

Syria stance

Addressing the same conference, Syria’s UN ambassador said establishing a zone free from weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East requires forcing Israel to join the NPT and subjecting all its facilities to the safeguards of the IAEA.

“Syria considers the establishment of zones free from nuclear weapon and weapons of mass destruction a positive step forward achieving of non-proliferation and disarmament goals, and a key element in the creation of a peaceful and stable world,” Bassam Sabbagh said, SANA reported.

Sabbagh indicated that at a time when all regional countries acceded to the NPT, Israel’s refusal to agree to the treaty and other NPT-related agreements makes the regime the main reason to undermine the effectiveness of the non-proliferation regime.

He added that the protection umbrella provided by the Western countries, on top the United States, contributed to the exclusive possession of Israel of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East.

 

 

   
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