UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The world is "closer than ever" to reaching
a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran but the work is far from over, with key
issues unresolved, Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday told a global gathering on nuclear disarmament, where he and Iran's foreign minister met on the sidelines.
Several of the world's nuclear powers over the month ahead will discuss
progress on a landmark treaty on disarmament, with Israel attending for the
first time in two decades as an observer.
Diplomats said the ongoing Iran discussions are separate from the Nuclear
Nonproliferation Treaty, or NPT, review conference, which is tasked with
setting a path to the elimination of the estimated 16,000 nuclear weapons in
the world today.
Immediate concerns at the conference include the lack of progress in
disarmament by the United States and Russia, who between them hold more than 90
percent of those weapons. Civil society groups say nuclear powers are spending
billions of dollars to instead modernize their arsenals. The United States says
it is "maintaining and servicing" instead.
Few breakthroughs are expected at the conference as diplomats warn of Cold
War-style tensions over Ukraine and other issues. "I know as well as
anyone that we have a long way to go" on the path to a nuclear-free world,
Kerry said, acknowledging that "we know that we can cut back even
further."Kerry was meeting with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for the
first time since world powers and Iran sealed a framework agreement on April 2
that would limit Iran's ability to build a nuclear weapon. They face a deadline
of June 30 for a comprehensive accord.
Zarif will address the conference Tuesday. Speaking on behalf of developing
countries Monday, he repeated the call for a Middle East free of nuclear
weapons, a popular goal of Arab states but one that has gained little traction
in the past five years.
Kerry called the proposed zone an "ambitious goal and fraught with
challenges" but worth pursuing. Russia's deputy foreign minister, Sergei
Ryabkov, saying, "Israel has shown readiness for constructive steps to be
Zarif repeated the Non-Aligned Movement's call for Israel to give up its
nuclear weapons. Israel has never publicly declared any nuclear weapons in its
Israel surprised attendees with its appearance as an observer, but since it
is not a party to the treaty, it won't be speaking.
When asked whether he would be meeting with Israel, the head of the U.N.'s
International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, said, "I don't know
In his speech, Amano warned that his agency "is not in a position to
provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and
activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran
is in peaceful activities."
Meanwhile, the Palestinians marked their first conference as a state party
to the treaty.
U.N. chief Ban Ki-moon set the tone Monday with urging real progress toward
the elimination of nuclear weapons, saying that without it, the action plan the
conference agreed on in its last meeting five years ago "could risk fading
"I am deeply concerned that over the last five years this process seems
to have stalled," Ban said. He called on world leaders to "abandon
short-sighted political posturing."
Both Ban and the IAEA chief, as well as Japan and South Korea, expressed
concern on another pressing issue at the conference: North Korea's nuclear
program and the lack of talks to address it.
Kerry called North Korea "the most glaring example" of ignoring
global obligations toward disarmament and said the United States continues to
work with partners to set the stage for talks — but only if Pyongyang shows
Take it from the
mass of the international community of nations that enough is enough now it is
time to make the matter serious and practical by kicking in the country not within
the jurisdictions of International Nuclear Inspection authority be made compulsory
immediately by a resolution and majority vote and finalize the landmark treaty
It is a unique
moment when the worst violator criminal having nuclear weapons that did not
declare its total nuclear nuke arms it holds should be force or be coarse to accept the
resolution to disarm as all other countries did or its existence as a
recognized state of Israel be revoked by security council resolution . Once it does then its existence be
considered as regular.
Let it be clear to
the fact till the terrorist state of Israel possesses nuclear arm even a single
middle East country would not be safe as Israel is the most unreliable country being a criminal genocide committal
country is unsafe with nuclear arms in their hands in the region.
It is expected
that Israel would be made to sign the treaty to disarm on the very day Iran
signs nuclear treaty with the us led committee.
However, “IT WOULD BE BETTER TO SPEAK FOR OWN COUNTRY
AND NOT FOR OTHER COUNTRY LIKE RUSSIA TALKING FOR ISRAEL” one can have as much as friendship afresh as one likes with a genocidal terrorist state outside the
periphery of nuclear meeting forum, but not within and during meeting talk.