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Iran's Presidency in Disarmament Conference: A Global Security Threat

19 January 2024

By:

Hillel Neuer (on Twitter)

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No Joke: the U.N. just announced the Islamic Republic of Iran will take the Presidency of the Conference on Disarmament, starting March 18th.


Having Ayatollah Khamenei preside over global nuclear weapons disarmament is like putting a serial rapist in charge of a women’s shelter.


The Iranian regime's presidency will last until May 24th. The agenda of the Conference contains the following core items:

· Cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament.

· Prevention of nuclear war, including all related matters.

· Prevention of an arms race in outer space.

· Effective international arrangements to assure non-nuclear-weapon States against the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons. New types of weapons of mass destruction and new systems of such weapons, radiological weapons.

· Comprehensive programme of disarmament; and transparency in armaments.


When the Ayatollah's representative arrives at the United Nations to take the gavel of the Conference on Disarmament on March 18th, we are calling on all democracies to walk out.

UN Watch urges the U.S., Canada, Britain, France, Germany, and all other member and observer states to declare now that they will refuse to send ambassadors to any meeting of this U.N. forum that is being chaired by the Ayatollah's murderous regime.

It is a fundamental conflict of interests to have the Islamic Regime in Iran as president of a disarmament forum, an act liable to be exploited by Tehran's propaganda to legitimize the Mollahs' murderous regime.

The Islamic regime's past and ongoing breaches of nuclear agreements contradict the very essence of the disarmament conference’s mandate. The Ayatollah's presidency threatens to legitimize the regime’s ongoing violations, and discredits the U.N.’s commitment to disarmament.

Allowing an international outlaw to oversee international arms control efforts is just plain wrong.

The announcement came on the same day the UN atomic agency said Iran is barely cooperating. The IAEA is struggling to carry out controls on Iran’s nuclear program, which continues to expand even as Tehran denies it wants to make nuclear weapons.

“It’s a very frustrating situation. We continue our activities there, but at a minimum,” IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi said in an interview yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos. “They are restricting cooperation in a very unprecedented way.”


About the Conference of Disarmament:

The Conference of Disarmament (CD) reports to the UN General Assembly and is billed by the UN as “the single multilateral disarmament negotiating forum of the international community.” Established in 1979 after a special UN General Assembly session, the CD is made up of 65 countries who have been divided in recent years on key issues. The conference and its predecessors have negotiated such major multilateral arms limitation and disarmament agreements as:

• Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

• Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction

• Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction

• Convention on the Prohibition of Military or Any Other Hostile Use of Environmental Modification Techniques

• Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty

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