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Iran calls for Israel’s nuclear disarmament

000_Was8921307-e1430160639377Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the Iran nuclear deal can mark the beginning of nuclear disarmament across the world.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says now that his country has accepted strict curbs on its nuclear program, it’s time for Israel and the world’s other nuclear powers to begin their disarmament.

In an article published in The Guardian on Friday, Mr. Zarif argues that while non-nuclear-weapon states, like Iran, have “walked the walk” to conform with the non-proliferation regime, states possessing destructive weapons have hardly even “talked the talk” and rejected the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) and customary international law.

“Today, in light of the Vienna deal, it is high time that the nuclear “haves” remedied the gap by adopting serious disarmament measures and reinforcing the non-proliferation regime,” wrote Zarif.

Time to start negotiations for a nuclear weapons elimination treaty, with robust monitoring mechanism:— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 31, 2015

After two years of negotiation, Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal on July 14 in Vienna.

Israel has been the most vocal opponent of the deal. Its security cabinet has rejected the deal and the country’s officials have said they will not stop voicing their concerns.

Zarif, on the other hand, said on Friday that the deal is “symbolically significant enough” to “mark the beginning of a new era for the non-proliferation regime.”

Israel is widely believed to be the only owner of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, with about 80 warheads, according to the Federation of American Scientists. Israeli officials, however, have never publicly confirmed the existence of their nuclear arsenal.


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