October 2, 2013 -- New York -- AJC is appalled that Iran, suspected by key UN
agencies of pursuing nuclear-weapons capability, has been elected to a
high-level position in the world body on disarmament and global security.
was elected by UN member states to serve as the rapporteur of the UN First
Committee on Disarmament and International Security. Iran, which had lobbied
for the position for months, also serves as chair of the Non-Aligned Movement,
the largest bloc of nations in the UN.
country that today is the number one threat to global security should be the
last one to lead UN initiatives on disarmament,” said Harris. “Iran’s quest for
nuclear-weapons capability, its longstanding support for international
terrorist groups, its interference in Syria and other Middle East countries,
among other military adventures, should have automatically disqualified Iran
from such an influential position in the world body.”
The First Committee deals
with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the
international community, and seeks out solutions to challenges in the
international security realm.
“Rewarding Iran for misbehavior is a tragic
stain on the UN,” said Harris. “Nonetheless, this should not in any way deter
world powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.S. -- from
standing firm in current negotiations to ensure that Iran comes clean on its
nuclear program and dismantles all elements that make possible the building of
weapons of mass destruction. Such steps would demonstrate Iran’s own commitment