Islamic Iran’s Calls for Dismantling of WMD
Today in our 10th special feature on the Ten-Day Dawn celebrations marking the victory of the Islamic Revolution in Iran four decades ago, we highlight Islamic Iran’s calls for dismantling of weapons of mass destruction, in a world where dangerous psychopaths, such as US president, Donald Trump, are threatening to blow up the planet with nuclear bombs.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has always stressed that the region and the world should be free of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), and has taken the lead in presenting a solution for materializing this objective. In April 2010, Iran held in Tehran an International Conference on Nuclear Disarmament and Non-Proliferation with the theme:" Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for None."
The Leader of the Islamic revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has several times emphasized that misusing nuclear energy to manufacture weapons is haraam or religiously forbidden. He has always reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran considers the use of nuclear and chemical weapons as a cardinal unpardonable sin. Iran insists on a nuclear-free West Asia and its stance in this regard has been registered as an official document at the UN.
Disarmament is a challenge that has been discussed by international circles since the end of World War One, although this has not stopped the big powers from developing more and more lethal weapons of mass destruction. Ironically, the most dangerously nuclear-armed states are the US and Russia, followed by China, France, Britain, India, Pakistan, and the illegal Zionist entity.
Iranian leaders have always made it clear that these doomsday weapons should be dismantled. At the UN, Iran presented a 3-point proposal for practical disarmament at the first high ranking meeting on disarmament at the World Body in 2013. The proposal includes the immediate start of negotiations for concluding a comprehensive international convention on banning development and use of nuclear weapons; holding an international summit in 2018 on nuclear disarmament; and designating September 26 as the International Day of Complete Removal of Nuclear Weapons.
The UN General Assembly approved Iran's proposals with 129 votes, while 19 countries abstained and 28 western states voted negatively. At the nuclear disarmament meeting, Iran also offered that the NPT Review Conference should approve a law for total ban on development and upgrading of nuclear weapons, since these weapons are a threat to international peace, security, and the entire humanity.
The fact is that today the world is sitting on a powder keg ever since the US misused nuclear science to not just manufacture the atomic bomb, but dropped two atomic bombs on the unsuspecting Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 when World War 2 had virtually ended. This unforgivable sin of the US in annihilating hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children, has become more sanguine today, because of Washington’s refusal to apologize to Japan for this crime.
Moreover, since then the US has unabashedly produced and stockpiled far more dangerous nuclear warheads and has not ruled out their use. This is one of the greatest obstacles to disarmament and whatever, and whatever the big powers say and discuss about dismantling of weapons of mass destruction, is nothing but idle talk. This is clear by the support of the US and West European powers to the illegal Zionist entity in manufacturing and stockpiling nuclear weapons, and thus posing the greatest threat to the peace of West Asia and North Africa.
Recently Donald Trump has allocated a special budget to develop more lethal nuclear weapons, and has threatened to use them against even countries not possessing such weapons. This is a dangerous attitude, and the free world, including conscientious American people, should confront this madness.
In this regard, the Non-proliferation Treaty or NPT is considered an important international accord which was signed on 1st July 1968 and Iran was among the original signatories of this treaty. As per NPT, development and maintenance of nuclear weapons have been forbidden, but unfortunately nothing practical has been done by the UN, other than to violate its own charter by adopting a hostile stance against a non-nuclear state like Iran, because of pressures by nuclear-armed powers. Under article one of the treaty, the nuclear countries should not transfer nuclear weapons to other countries and should not help them gain access to nuclear weapons. Under article 2 of the NPT non-nuclear states commit not to seek atomic weapons. But the possessors of atomic weapons adhere to none of these rules, and on the contrary insist on maintaining their deadly arsenals.
The Islamic Republic of Iran has several times reiterated that superficial measures like restricted reduction of nuclear weapons cannot replace the full destruction of nuclear weapons. The most important challenges ahead for nuclear disarmament can be found in cases like the reluctance of both the US and Russia to fully destroy their atomic warheads. Presently there are at least 20,000 nuclear warheads in the world and the majority of these weapons are in the US and Russian arsenals. The other owners of atomic weapons including Britain, France, China, North Korea, India, Pakistan and the Israeli regime own nuclear arsenals and show no interest in demolishing those weapons. For this reason, despite the end of the cold war, the atomic weapons are still a grave threat to the world security.
The Islamic Republic of Iran which itself is victim of chemical weapons has always denounced the development of WMD and supported a timetable for the full implementing of the convention on prohibiting WMD. The measures that Iran took in disarmament and the steps it took within the framework of Geneva agreement in nuclear talks with the G5+1 is a confirmation of this reality that the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for destruction of nuclear weapons and all other weapons of mass destruction.