Rouhani: Iran Ready for Geneva II, Wants Total Elimination of N-Arms
Iran's President Sheikh Hassan Rouhani said his country is ready to take part in the scheduled Geneva II conference on the Syrian crisis "if invited without any preconditions."
"If invited without any preconditions, Iran will participate in the [Geneva 2] conference in order to help resolve the Syrian crisis," Rouhani said in a meeting with UN and Arab League special envoy for Syria, Lakhdar Ibrahimi, in New York on Thursday.
During the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the 68th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Iranian president urged an immediate settlement to the ongoing conflict in Syria.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to help settle this crisis," he stated, adding "Everyone should make efforts to end war and bloodshed in Syria at the shortest possible time."
Moreover, Rouhani called for the "total elimination" of nuclear weapons and global nuclear disarmament, saying there are no right hands for such wrong weapons.
In an address to the UN Disarmament Conference, Rouhani described any use of nuclear weapons as a crime against humanity and stressed, "No nation should possess nuclear weapons."
"As long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use, threat of use and proliferation persists. The only absolute guarantee is their total elimination," said the Iranian president.
He further stated that any attempt short of scrapping all nuclear arms globally would not be acceptable, adding that upgrading weapons of mass destruction is also illegal.
"Israel" is the only party in the Middle East that has not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), said Rouhani, noting that the "Israeli" regime must immediately join the treaty, which aims to put nuclear weapons under international controls and prevent their proliferation.
The Iranian President added that "almost four decades of international efforts to establish a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East have regrettably failed," calling for efforts to push for a nuclear-free Middle East.