Iran Jockeys to be U.N. Disarmament Record-Keeper

Global Security Newswire Staff
National Journal

Iran on Tuesday said it is competing for the duty of reporting actions by the U.N. committee that handles disarmament matters, Reuters reported.

Becoming "rapporteur" for the New York-based First Committee would give the Middle Eastern nation formal record-keeping responsibility when the 193-nation group next convenes in October. Tehran is competing with Kuwait for the role, according to U.N. envoys.

Israel's delegate to the United Nations condemned Tehran's push for the post. Israel is thought to be the only nuclear-armed nation in the Middle East, but by policy does not publicly acknowledge its arsenal.

"Allowing Iran to be on the U.N. committee dealing with nuclear disarmament and weapons proliferation is like inviting [Bashar] Assad, the Syrian dictator responsible for the death of 100,000 of his own people, to be the head of the population census bureau," Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor said in released comments.

Separately, the Iraqi chairman of the international Conference on Disarmament on Tuesday aired details about a new bid to end a years-old deadlock at the 65-country body in Geneva, Switzerland, according to a U.N. press release.