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May 14, 2013 12:19 pm

Iran to Chair UN Disarmament Conference

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

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.

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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  • jerry hersch

    Sort of like my “esteemed” Republican Congressman Paul Braun,a Physician ,who does not believe in evolution nor embryology …claims that science stuff is all lies.
    The Amazing Republican House leadership put him on the House Science Committee where he served with that other famous scientist Todd Akin of Missouri-one of the worlds reknowned reproduction experts.
    The United Nations Conference on Disarmament and the US Republican Party must be learning from each other.

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