Iran against weapons of mass destruction: official

20:19, April 15, 2010      

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An Iranian Foreign Ministry official said Thursday that his country is against weapons of mass destruction, the local satellite Press TV reported.

"Iran is against weapons of mass destruction ... and we feel these (weapons) are against humanity," Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh was quoted as saying.

Akhoundzadeh, who is also the secretary of Tehran nuclear disarmament conference to be held on April 16-17, said that a large number of foreign prominent politicians will attend the conference.

"The turn out seems wonderful beyond our expectations," he added.

The Tehran conference which will start on Saturday is dubbed as "Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for None", according to Press TV.

The Tehran conference will discuss ways to reach the goal of a world without nuclear weapons as well as supervisory methods, said Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast last week according to the state IRIB TV.

In December, Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the nuclear disarmament of the United States and Israel, saying that the U.S. government with nearly 8,000 atomic warheads and Israel with about 400 atomic warheads should be disarmed, according to the semi-official Fars news agency's report.

Iran has rejected U.S. and other Western claims that Tehran is making nuclear bombs.

Source: Xinhua


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