Iran severely criticized nuclear weapons states
World can’t wait forever for nukes elimination, Iran’s envoy says, Press TV reported.
Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has severely criticized nuclear weapons states for failing to live up to their disarmament commitments.
“The International community cannot wait forever to witness the total elimination of nuclear weapons,” Ali Asghar Soltanieh said during an address to a nuclear non-proliferation committee in Vienna on Thursday.
Calling on nuclear-armed states to meet their international obligations and eliminate their nuclear weapons, he lambasted a number of such countries, including France and Britain, for upgrading their atomic arsenals, despite their commitments to the contrary.
The Iranian envoy went on to say that limited reduction in the number of nuclear weapons by some countries must never replace total global eradication of such weaponry and called for the formation of a committee to verify the disarmament process.
Last Friday, Soltanieh announced that the new round of talks between Tehran and the IAEA would be held in Vienna on May 13 and 14.