Iranian Foreign Minister calls on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons” at UN address

Zarif address Conference; Calls on discard of advances towards nuclear weapons, calls on Israel to “renounce” nuclear weapons

Zarif addressed NPT conference at UN Monday (EPA)

Zarif addressed NPT conference at UN Monday (EPA)

During his address at the United Nations Conference on Global Anti-Nuclear Weapons Treaty, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif called for states with nuclear programs to discard any further extension of atomic arsenals, nuclear weapons advances and technologies. He additionally called on Israel to renounce possession of nuclear weapons.

Zarif stated on behalf of signatories that they are “deeply concerned by military and security doctrines of the nuclear-weapon states as well as that of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization” and that “We call upon the nuclear-weapon states to immediately cease their plans to further invest in modernizing and extending the life span of their nuclear weapons and related facilities.”

Despite Iran’s advancing its nuclear program and continued denial of doing so to create nuclear arms, he suggested that “Reductions in deployments and in operational status cannot substitute for irreversible cuts in, and the total elimination of, nuclear weapons.”

He stated on Israel, which is not a signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, “the only one in the region that has neither joined the NPT nor declared its intention to do so” calling on Israel to “renounce possession of nuclear weapons.”

Iran and world powers continue talks and negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, a deadline set for the end of June.