Iran: France, US Missile Tests Violate of Nonproliferation Treaties

TEHRAN ( Iran News ) – Iran’s permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations said a recent test of a missile by France, which is capable of carrying multiple nuclear warheads, as well as nuclear test explosions proposed by the US, are in grave violation of international nuclear nonproliferation treaties. Addressing the 54th Session of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in the Austrian capital on Thursday, Kazem Gharibabadi first reiterated Iran’s “long-standing and principled position on the need for the total elimination of all nuclear weapons,” reaffirming Iran’s “strong support for the objectives of the CTBT (Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty).” The envoy singled out France launching of a new generation of intercontinental ballistic missiles that can be fitted with several nuclear nosecones, from a submarine on June 12, saying, “Unfortunately the international community recently witnessed a destructive approach toward nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation Treaties by some of the nuclear states”, Press TV wrote. He also pointed to reports that senior US officials have discussed the possibility of conducting nuclear-test explosions, and the fact that the US Senate had approved $10 million in the budget toward preparation for the tests