Iran to Chair UN Conference on Disarmament, U.S. Won't Attend

(AP-Washington Post) The Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament is to open on May 27, chaired by Iran. The U.S. said Monday it will refuse to send its ambassador to any UN meeting chaired by Iran. Erin Pelton, spokesperson for the U.S. Mission to the UN, said that a country "in flagrant violation" of UN Security Council and International Atomic Energy Agency obligations stemming from its suspect nuclear program should be barred from any formal or ceremonial positions in UN bodies. Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, said, "Iran is an international outlaw state that illegally supplies rockets to Syria, Hizbullah, and Hamas, aiding and abetting mass murder and terrorism....To make this rogue regime head of world arms control is simply an outrage."

2013-05-14 00:00:00

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