by Edith M Lederer
Iran accused the five nuclear powers Wednesday of failing to take concrete action to
eliminate their stockpiles and called for negotiations on a convention to achieve
nuclear disarmament by a target date.
Iran's deputy U.N. ambassador Gholam Hossein Dehghani told the U.N. Disarmament
Commission that "a comprehensive, binding, irreversible, verifiable" treaty is the most
effective and practical way to eliminate nuclear weapons.
He accused the nuclear powers -- the U.S., Russia, China, Britain and France -- of
promising nuclear disarmament but making no significant progress. . . .
Non-Proliferation Treaty (July 1, 1968)
- Forbids the five member states with nuclear weapons from transferring them to any other state
- Forbids member states without nuclear weapons from developing or aquiring them
- Provides assurance through the application of international safeguards that peaceful nuclear energy in NNWS will not be diverted to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices
- Facilitates access to peaceful uses of nuclear energy for all NNWS under international safeguards
- Commits all member states to pursue good faith negotiations toward ending the nuclear arms race and achieving nuclear disarmament.
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[Eight nations with nuclear arms (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United
Kingdom, India, Pakistan, and Israel) opposed or abstained from the resolution, while
North Korea voted yes. However, with a vote of 123 for, 38 against and 16 abstaining,
the First Assembly decided "to convene in 2017 a United Nations conference to negotiate
a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total
elimination."--Joe Cirincione, "The Historic UN Vote On Banning Nuclear Weapons," huffingtonpost.com,
October 27, 2016]