0113 GMT December 09, 2022
Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to the United Nations called on the United States to place the pressure on Israel, as the main obstacle to a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, if it seeks to contribute to such armaments’ worldwide elimination.
Majid Takht-Ravanchi made the remark in an address to the Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons held at the UN headquarters in New York on Monday (local time), ISNA reported.
He said the Islamic Republic is deeply concerned about the lack of progress in the implementation of the 1995 Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) resolution and the 2010 action plan on the Middle East, noting that three weeks of negotiations since the beginning of the conference demonstrate that the countries in possession of nuclear weapons fail to have the required political will to acquiesce to the commitments, a specific timetable and meeting the criteria and objectives needed for making headway in the nuclear disarmament talks.
Takht-Ravanchi added the nuclear weapon states’ positions, echoed and supported by the so-called umbrella states, including their attempts to replace nuclear disarmament with nuclear risk reduction, are contrary to their legal obligations concerning nuclear disarmament.
Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to possess 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, being the sole possessor of non-conventional arms in West Asia.