Iran FM: NAM role important in elimination of nuclear weapons
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi says the members of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) can have a special role in inhibiting the spread of the nuclear arms, Press TV reported.
"Iran, which is about to assume the three-year rotating presidency of the movement, is persistently waiting for the implementation of the 6th article of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) related to eliminating the nuclear arms," Salehi said addressing the NAM expert-level meeting in Tehran on Sunday.
"We believe that meeting the deadline proposed by the NAM for the final elimination of the nuclear arms by 2025 will be possible only if we [NAM members] follow it with decisiveness," he stated.
Iran's foreign minister also emphasized on the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear energy program saying that his country has always insisted on cooperation and interaction in this regard.
"We have always maintained the stance that Iran is neither after confrontation nor something more than its legal rights," he said.
"What we are after is justice and refusing to accept solutions based on double standards in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other UN-affiliated organizations."
More than 100 countries are partaking in the NAM meeting which kicked off in Tehran on Sunday and is scheduled to end on August 31.