Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs, Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, says possession of nuclear weapons should be regarded as unethical.
Speaking at a Conference on Disarmament attended by high-ranking officials from different countries at the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), Dehqani elaborated on the Islamic Republic’s positions on nuclear disarmament in the world.
In his speech, the Iranian diplomat said that the Zionist regime’s nuclear weapons program is a threat to the Middle East.
He said based on religious teachings Iran believes that possession of nuclear weapons not only is not an honour, but, on the contrary, under the fatwa of the Leader of Islamic Revolution, the production, possession, and the use of nuclear weapons is unlawful, harmful, dangerous, Haram, and a great sin.
He also noted that Iran had fully implemented its commitments under the JCPOA, but the United States had failed to do so, through polices, actions and statements that aimed to deprive Iran of the benefits of the deal.
The Conference on Disarmament continued its high-level segment, hearing addresses by ministerial officials from Turkey, Russia, Romania and South Africa.
Ahmet Yildiz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, said that during the current review cycle of the of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, it was essential all three of its pillars be addressed in a balanced manner, allowing States in compliance to tap into the benefits of nuclear energy.
Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, said that all nuclear-weapon states must join in further efforts to implement the Non-Proliferation Treaty, stressing that all factors influencing the current security environment must be considered, including the non-ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the possibility of the deployment of offensive weapons in outer space.