Iran threatens to exit NPT
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 30 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/
Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Ali Asghar Soltanieh said that Iran might exit the NPT, Fars news agency reported.
Soltanieh made the remarks during the second session of the preparatory committee for the 2015 nuclear Non-Proiferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference in Geneva.
"Using board of governors, the UN Secretary council as tools and the sanctions against the countries who are members of the NPT can cause disappointment, and even withdrawing from the NPT," Soltanieh said.
He added that the U.S., its western allies and the EU do not pay attention to the non-proliferation treaty.
Soltanieh warned that IAEA allows the non-NPT countries to export nuclear materials and technology, and it also cooperates with these countries, adding that such actions encourage the country-members of NPT to withdraw.
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical researches instead.
In April 2013, Fars news agency reported quoting the Chairman for the Committee for Foreign Policy and National Security of Iran Alaeddin Boroujerdi said that if the West doesn't recognize Iran's right to use nuclear energy, the issue of the country's withdrawal from the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of the Nuclear Weapons can be submitted for the discussion by parliament.
Non-recognition of Articles VI (reduction of nuclear weapons) and IV (recognition of Iran's right to nuclear energy) of NPT by the United States and Western countries is unacceptable while Iran respects the rules of the IAEA and the NPT, Boroujerdi said at the time.
If these countries do not pay due regard to the articles of the treaty, then Iran's participation in NPT is meaningless, he added.