April 8, 2015
Associated Press

Iran Calls for a Timetable for Global Nuclear Disarmament

by Edith M Lederer

Iran accused the five nuclear powers Wednesday of failing to take concrete action to eliminate their stockpiles and called for negotiations on a convention to achieve nuclear disarmament by a target date.

Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador Gholam Hossein Dehghani told the U.N. Disarmament Commission that "a comprehensive, binding, irreversible, verifiable" treaty is the most effective and practical way to eliminate nuclear weapons.

He accused the nuclear powers -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France -- of promising nuclear disarmament but making no significant progress. . . .


Non-Proliferation Treaty (July 1, 1968)
- Forbids the five member states with nuclear weapons from transferring them to any other state
- Forbids member states without nuclear weapons from developing or aquiring them
- Provides assurance through the application of international safeguards that peaceful nuclear energy in NNWS will not be diverted to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices
- Facilitates access to peaceful uses of nuclear energy for all NNWS under international safeguards
- Commits all member states to pursue good faith negotiations toward ending the nuclear arms race and achieving nuclear disarmament.

"The Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran, and Israel's Hypocrisy," The Wisdom Fund, October 16, 2013

"Here's the text of the Iran nuclear framework agreement,, April 2, 2015

Sheldon Richman, "The Real Nuclear Threat in the Middle East,", April 8, 2015

James Carroll, "How the President Who Pledged to Banish Nuclear Weapons Is Enabling Their Renewal,", April 24, 2014

Thalif Deen, "Faith-Based Organisations Warn of Impending Nuclear Disaster,", May 7, 2015

Derek Johnson, "The Nuclear Codes Come With Big Challenges For Clinton Or Trump,", June 10, 2016

[Eight nations with nuclear arms (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, India, Pakistan, and Israel) opposed or abstained from the resolution, while North Korea voted yes. However, with a vote of 123 for, 38 against and 16 abstaining, the First Assembly decided "to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination."--Joe Cirincione, "The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons,", October 27, 2016]

[The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations--Michelle Nichols, "U.S., Britain, France, others skip nuclear weapons ban treaty talks,", March 27, 2017]

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