Iran leads calls for Israel to give up nuclear weapons

(AFP) – Iran on Monday led calls by non-aligned nations for Israel to give up its nuclear weapons as a major conference got underway on advancing prospects for a nuclear-free world.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif addressed the conference on the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) ahead of a meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry on the landmark nuclear deal reached this month.

Zarif insisted that the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) is demanding that “Israel, the only one in the region that has neither joined the NPT nor declared its intention to do so, (…) renounce possession of nuclear weapons.”

Israel is considered a nuclear-armed state although it has never acknowledged its status and has refused to join the NPT, a treaty that imposes obligations on signatories.

Israel is sending an observer to the month-long NPT conference for the first time in 20 years.

Zarif said non-aligned nations are also seeking “as a matter of high priority” to set up a nuclear-free-weapons zone in the Middle East…

  • WalterBannon

    As recent as the late 1950s everybody was quite clear and knew that Islam was evil, even our politicians and Hollywood. In the times back before our history books were rewritten and the Marxists took over education and made the truth subject to their convenience and facts variable.

  • Clausewitz

    Did they make that declaration for the disarmament of Israel before or after their usual “Death to Jews, Death to America” rant?

  • Yeah, they’ll get around to doing that.

  • FactsWillOut

    Israel should give, say 10% of her nukes to Iran, delivered express air mail on a ballistic trajectory.

    • Xavier

      Oh let’s be more generous.

  • Iran nuclear facilities must be nuked a.s.a.p.

  • UCSPanther

    Didn’t the Soviets try this back in the day?

  • tom_billesley

    Non-aligned? Does that still have meaning?

  • Norman_In_New_York

    What disturbs me is that the Iranians have the useful idiots in the White House and State Department in their pocket.