Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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Report: Iran to host NPT summit

Islamic Republic's international non-proliferation meeting to focus on need for nuclear weapons-free world, Israel's nuclear program

The Iranian news channel Press-TV reported Saturday that Tehran will host a two-day international summit, which will focus on a nuclear non-proliferation as well as on Israel's nuclear program.


Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhound-Zadeh said that the summit will be attended by some of the world's most renowned experts in the field.


Akhound-Zadeh further criticized the United States and it allies for what he called "the pressure they exert on nations which do not have nuclear weapons, like Iran, while ignoring the nuclear threat posed by countries like Israel."


Meanwhile, Iranian envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Ali Asqar Soltaniyeh dismisses the UN nuclear watchdog's recent report on Iran as "unbalanced… since it does not duly reflect the extensive cooperation by the Islamic Republic of Iran with the IAEA."


In another communiqué, Soltaniyeh called on the IAEA to "continue its technical verification activities specifically sampling missile launchers in Israel and report the result of the analysis of contamination.


"The Zionist Regime has to be condemned for the violation of the UN Charter and the IAEA Statute," he said.


On Thursday, Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani downplayed the effect of the West's sanctions and embargoes against Tehran "over its peaceful nuclear program," and reiterated that Iran will stand against the pressures of the West.


Dudi Cohen contributed to this report






פרסום ראשון: 06.11.11, 12:28
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