“Iran plans to hold a major nuclear disarmament at the second part of this month”, announced Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mihmanparast. The conference is called ‘Nuclear Energy for All, Nuclear Weapons for No One’ will be scheduled from April 17 and 18 in Tehran. ‘We believe that peaceful nuclear technology for meeting the requirements of development is one of the fundamental rights of all countries,’ the spokesman said adding that the title of the conference clearly indicates Iran’s support for a universal nuclear disarmament. According to Mihmanparast, “Iran is a harbinger of peace and a staunch supporter of non-proliferation and thereby it invites all peace loving nations around the world to join efforts for an all-out global nuclear disarmament”.
According AP, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, Saeed Jalili, was quoted by Iranian state television as saying the two-day meeting will start April 17, just days after a U.S. – hosted in Washington a Summit on Nuclear Security. “Iran, as a country supporting global disarmament, invites the world to disarm and prevent proliferation” Jalili said. Jalili also said that China, which has resisted U.S.-led efforts to impose new U.N. sanctions on Iran over its disputed nuclear program, would attend the meeting in Tehran. However, a duty officer at the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Sunday, 4 April 2010, that Beijing had received an invitation to the conference, but added that no decision had been made yet on whether to attend. Chinese President Hu Jintao will attend the Washington conference. A number of major international figures, nuclear experts, and foreign ministers from over 60 countries have been invited to participate in the international conference, Mehr News Agency reported. The organizers of the conference are planning to arrange panel discussions on various topics, such as the challenges of disarmament, nation-states’ international obligations in regard to disarmament and non-proliferation, and scientific strategies for the realization of disarmament. On the sidelines of the conference, the participants will also visit an exhibition about the people who were killed or injured by chemical weapons during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. They will wrap up their trip to Iran with a visit to the historic city of Isfahan.