Iran slams US nuclear policies at non-proliferation conference
UNITED NATIONS (AFP) May 27, 2005
Iran blasted US nuclear policies on Friday, blaming Washington for the failure of a major UN non-proliferation conference and warning that American atomic weapons are a danger to the world.
"The United States wished for this representative body to fail, so that it could pursue its own unilateral initiatives and priorities through other more exclusive bodies and groups," Iranian ambassador Javad Zarif told a closing session of the conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Zarif placed the sole blame for the conference's failure to agree on measures to make the NPT more effective on the United States and accused Washington of sabotaging the event.
"It's no wonder the United States tried to create smokescreens at this conference to deflect attention from its abysmal record," said Zarif.
He also gave a harsh warning about the United States' current nuclear weapons capacity and its considering developing new small nuclear weapons.
"The extremist attitude reflected in these ... practices seems to indicate that no lessons have been learned from the nightmare of Hiroshima and Nagasaki," said Zarif.
"If history is any guide, nuclear weapons, ladies and gentlemen, are in the most dangerous hands," the Iranian ambassador said.All rights reserved. © 2005 Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.