Iran to chair UN arms control forum

Iran is next in line to host the United Nations' arms control forum, despite sanctions over its nuclear programme and ongoing terrorist support

by The Commentator on 13 May 2013 23:08

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Iran is set to preside over the United Nations' arms control forum later this month, despite continuing sanctions against the state for illicit nuclear activities, reports the Washington Free Beacon.

The annual Conference on Disarmament, which Iran is slated to lead from May 27 to June 23, is the organisation’s primary multilateral forum for negotiating arms control agreements.

The forum has previously led to major international treaties on nuclear non-proliferation, prohibitions on chemical weapons, and bans on nuclear tests.

UN Watch's executive director Hillel Neuer told the Free Beacon, “Iran is an international outlaw state that illegally supplies rockets to Syria, Hezbollah, and Hamas, aiding and abetting mass murder and terrorism. To make this rogue regime head of world arms control is simply an outrage. Abusers of international norms should not be the public face of the U.N.”

Neuer called on U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and EU representative Catherine Ashton to “make clear that when the United Nations imposes four rounds of sanctions on Iran for illicit nuclear activities, condemns it for illegally arming the murderous Syrian regime, and denounces Tehran’s massive abuse of human rights, this kind of appointment just defies common sense and harms the U.N.’s credibility.”

U.N. officials say Iran is simply the next country in rotation for the conference chair slot, according to UN Watch.

Read more at the Washington Free Beacon

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