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Iran eyes key seat on U.N. disarmament committee
Iran eyes key seat on U.N. disarmament committee

Iran is vying to secure a key position on a U.N. General Assembly committee that deals with disarmament and international security, Reuters has reported.

‌Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Iran is vying to secure a key position on a U.N. General Assembly committee that deals with disarmament and international security, Reuters has reported.

A spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission confirmed the country's bid on Tuesday. Asked why Tehran was interested in the position, he said: "It's a normal routine by a member state."

The First Committee considers all disarmament and international security matters, cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.

"Allowing Iran to be on the U.N. committee dealing with nuclear disarmament and weapons proliferation is like inviting 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 U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said in a statement.

Earlier this month Iran withdrew its candidacy for the U.N. Human Rights Council without explanation. Tehran's bid for a spot on the 47-nation Geneva-based human rights body was sharply criticized by the United States and Israel.