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Iran ‘Strongly Supports’ UN Treaty Banning Nuclear Arms: Envoy

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi said Tehran “strongly supports” a global treaty recently adopted by the United Nations to ban nuclear weapons.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran strongly supports the objective of the treaty which bans possessing, using or threatening to use nuclear weapons in the world,” Najafi said in a statement on Saturday, according to Press TV. 

It came after countries meeting at a United Nations conference in New York on Friday adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the first multilateral legally-binding instrument for nuclear disarmament negotiated in 20 years.

The treaty, adopted by a vote of 122 in favor to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.

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