Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency criticizes possessors of nuclear weapons
( IRNA ) - Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh here Tuesday criticized the countries possessing nuclear weapons for violating NPT Article 6.
Speaking as the head of Iranian delegation at the preliminary NPT meeting on the second day of the event, he referred to the new US strategy on development of nuclear weapons and Britain's nuclear missile called `Trident' criticizing the attempts of both states.
Turning to the failure of countries enjoying nuclear technology to comply with their cooperation commitments based on NPT Article 4, he said this has endangered the treaty.
Meanwhile, criticizing the silence of the UN Security Council and other countries on Israel's nuclear potentials which was declared by the Zionist regime's prime minister, Ehud Olmert, he said that the measure is a clear sign of double standards.
About the revisions on NPT made at the 1995 conference, he said that nuclear disarmament and a Middle East free of nuclear weapons were set with unrestricted condition.
He added that also at the revision conference in 2000, the countries possessing nuclear weapons were bound to fulfill their commitments and annihilate such weapons and regretted that they failed to do so.
Soltaniyeh rejected and condemned the claims of some Western states on Monday about secret measures taken by Iran and its failure to comply with its commitments to NPT.
The official said that discriminatory measures, imposing sanctions against a country and depriving it of its rights as well as dual standards towards it will lead to unfavorable results for the 2010 NPT revision conference, which will face a serious challenge.
The preliminary sessions of the 2010 NPT revision conference will start next Monday in Vienna and will continue for two weeks, during which the main issues of the upcoming event will be decided.