(IRNA) - Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN here on Monday voiced Iran's readiness to resume negotiations without pre-conditions with all parties to the nuclear issue to assure the world of the peaceful nature of its nuclear program.
Addressing a UN General Assembly session, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the UN Mehdi Danesh-Yazdi said: "We responded in good faith to the package proposed by the 5+1 Group with a view to providing a reasonable basis to build confidence through constructive negotiations."
He said negotiations should serve two fundamental objectives: guarantee Iran's inalienable right to peaceful nuclear technology as well as the continued peaceful nature of this nuclear program, reports Trend.
The Islamic Republic of Iran, as a victim of weapons of mass destruction, reminds the international community of its responsibility to ensure that the nightmare that visited the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki will never again be experienced by any other people, the envoy said.
He said that the only absolute guarantee would be the total elimination of nuclear weapons as stipulated by the NPT and as also emphasized in the Advisory Opinion of the International Court of Justice.
The Iranian envoy regretted that those who choose not to accede to the NPT openly defy responsibility but are also encouraged and rewarded in different ways.
Citing the Israeli regime as an example, he said it not only maintains a large stockpile of nuclear weapons in the volatile Middle East region but also defies the will of regional states and the international community to turn the Middle East into a zone free from nuclear weapons.
Emboldened by support received from a few hypocritical powers, the Israeli regime is hurling a masquerade of lies and deception against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, he emphasized.
The Iranian envoy urged the international community to take all necessary steps to ensure of the non-proliferation regime and the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) safeguard mechanisms in the immediate future.
"Likewise, the IAEA could and should play a decisive role through pursuing vigorously a balanced and non-discriminatory application of the provisions of the NPT and IAEA safeguards," he said.
Expressing his gratitude to IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei for his tireless efforts and for the insightful report he gave to the General Assembly, Danesh-Yazdi said the report indicates that the agency is increasingly expanding its activities to many areas of nuclear technology which are of great interest and importance to the human community.
Greatly appreciating the agency for its vigilance and timely reaction to the baseless report of the US Congress, he pointed out that the IAEA itself condemned the report as containing "erroneous, misleading and unsubstantiated information."
Expressing his appreciation to the heads of state or government of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) who voiced their support for Iran's peaceful nuclear program in the final statement issued by the states in their Havana summit in September this year, he said the statement indicates that the international community, especially developing countries, is determined to resist all pressure and fabrication of facts to defend the inalienable rights of NPT member states to the peaceful use of nuclear energy.