US must take practical steps for nuclear disarmament — Hosseini

May 7, 2009 3:25 am 

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UNITED NATIONS, New York, May 6 — Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad-Ali Hosseini said Tuesday that the US officials should take more practical steps if they were honest about helping nuclear disarmament worldwide.

Hosseini made the remarks in an exclusive interview with IRNA.

He is head of the Iranian delegation participating in the Preparatory Committee of the 2010 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference being held in New York, from May 4-15.

“Any measure taken by the US regarding nuclear disarmament should be verifiable, transparent and irreversible,” Hosseini said.

He added the “halt of US cooperation with the Zionist regime could be regarded as one of the practical steps towards nuclear disarmament.”

The official further criticized a number of NPT member states for not committing to their obligations of nuclear disarmament.

“The international community expects those states to prove their commitment to NPT in practice,” Hosseini stressed, noting their non-compliance was a threat against international peace and security.

Commenting on efforts made by certain states to deviate International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) from its main function and force the body to act against its technical and specialized duties, Hosseini said, certain nuclear states were exerting pressure on the IAEA to change it from a technical and specialized body to a political establishment.

The official urged the IAEA authorities to “resist those pressures” and maintain their technical approach. (PNA/IRNA)

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