Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 2
By Temkin Jafarov - Trend:
A military expert says that nuclear disarmament is possible just in theory, not pragmatically after Iran called on the international community to wipe out all nuclear weapons.
The appeal was made by Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Javad Zarif during a speech on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement at a General Assembly Meeting to Promote the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons in New York on Oct.1.
Before, Zarif's deputy Abbas Araqchi said Wednesday, "We hope that all parties possessing nuclear weapons will execute their obligations". He was commenting on a report about the rising dispute between Russia and the US on nuclear weapons.
According to RIA Novosti, German broadcaster ZDF said last week that the US was planning to deploy new B61-12 bombs at Büchel air base. Pentagon officials said that the United States was not violating any nuclear weapons treaties. In response, Russian President Vladimir Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the deployment of new nuclear weapons in Germany would break the strategic balance of forces in Europe and create more tensions.
Hossein Arian an expert on military issues told Trend Oct.1 that Iranian top diplomats' warnings came as a reaction to a serious nuclear dispute between the two major strategic weapon owners, Moscow and Washington.
"Despite passing years from agreement on decreasing nuclear bombs between Russia and the US (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), they failed to commit all their obligations, then talking about global nuclear disarmament is totally a dream, not more."
Aryan said that implementation of a non-nuclear Middle East is a quite difficult and ambitious issue. "The Non-Proliferation Treaty of International Atomic Energy Agency is a leverage and tool to prevent spreading nuclear bombs, not disarmament of nuclear weapon owners, therefore, in reality there is not any international mechanism to nuclear disarmament globally. The only way is negotiations between the US and Russia, as well as other nuclear countries to reach an agreement to wipe out all of their nuclear bombs," he said.
Moscow expressed concern about the reported nuclear deployment plans by the US, saying this would infringe on the 1970 Treaty of Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, sanctioned by more than 190 states.
Over the past four decades, American and Soviet/Russian leaders have used a progression of bilateral agreements and other measures to limit and reduce their substantial nuclear warhead and strategic missile and bomber arsenals.
Edited by CN