Global Security Newswire
Daily News on Nuclear, Biological & Chemical Weapons, Terrorism and Related Issues
Iran Jockeys to be U.N. Disarmament Record-Keeper
Iran on Tuesday said it is competing for the duty of reporting actions by the U.N. committee that handles disarmament matters, Reuters reported.
Becoming "rapporteur" for the New York-based First Committee would give the Middle Eastern nation formal record-keeping responsibility when the 193-nation group next convenes in October. Tehran is competing with Kuwait for the role, according to U.N. envoys.
Israel's delegate to the United Nations condemned Tehran's push for the post. Israel is thought to be the only nuclear-armed nation in the Middle East, but by policy does not publicly acknowledge its arsenal.
"Allowing Iran to be on the U.N. committee dealing with nuclear disarmament and weapons proliferation is like inviting [Bashar] Assad, the Syrian dictator responsible for the death of 100,000 of his own people, to be the head of the population census bureau," Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said in released comments.
Separately, the Iraqi chairman of the international Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday aired details about a new bid to end a years-old deadlock at the 65-country body in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a U.N. press release.
Note to our Readers
GSN ceased publication on July 31, 2014. Its articles and daily issues will remain archived and available on NTI’s website.
June 8, 2015
The UNSCR 1540 Resource Collection examines implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in all of the regions and countries of the world to-date.
May 29, 2015
The Nuclear Disarmament Resource Collection contains information and analysis of nuclear weapons disarmament proposals and progress worldwide, including detailed coverage of disarmament progress in countries who either possess or host other countries' nuclear weapons on their territories.
This article provides an overview of Iran's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.