Iran to chair UN disarmament conference

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(JNS.org) Iran is set to chair the upcoming United
Nations Conference on Disarmament, despite the U.N. Security Council sanctions
levied against the Islamic Republic for its suspected nuclear weapons program.

The Arak IR-40 heavy water reactor in Iran. Credit: Nanking2012/Wikimedia Commons.

As a result, the
U.S. said it would withdraw ambassadorial representation at the disarmament conference.

“Iran’s
upcoming rotation as President of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) is unfortunate
and highly inappropriate,” Erin Pelton, spokeswoman for the U.S. mission to the
United Nations, said in a statement, according to Reuters.

UN
Watch, a Geneva-based advocacy group that monitors the UN, also condemned
Iran’s chairmanship.

“Any
member state that is the subject of UN Security Council sanctions for
proliferation—and found guilty of massive human rights violations— should be
ineligible to hold a leadership position in a UN body,” Hillel Neuer, executive
director of UN Watch, in a statement.

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Source: JNS.org

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