Aim of NPT Review Conference "universal," not limited to one country: U.S. envoy

08:57, April 29, 2010      

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U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations Susan Rice answers questions during a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, the United States, April 28, 2010. Rice said here Wednesday that with the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference next month, the U.S. approach will be universal, and not limited to one country, particularly with Iran. (Xinhua/Shen Hong)

Susan Rice, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, said here Wednesday that with the upcoming Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Review Conference next month, the U.S. approach will be universal, and not limited to one country, particularly with Iran.

"Iran is obviously, in any case, is in the backdrop when in consideration of the NPT is occurring because it remains in violation of its obligations and its international obligations," Rice told reporters here after a Security Council meeting on Haiti.

"But we think that this is much bigger than any one country and our aims are universal and we will approach in that vein," she further added.

Rice reiterated the commitment of the U.S. to the NPT which she said "remains a cornerstone of our national security," and said the upcoming conference would provide a crucial opportunity to strengthen the 3 pillars of the NPT.

She also confirmed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's application for a visa to attend next week's conference.

"My understanding is as of today (Ahmadinejad) has filed an application for a visa," she said.

Next week's NPT conference in New York takes place during ongoing negotiations between the permanent five Security Council members plus Germany on an Iran's nuclear issue.

Source:Xinhua

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