Iran says US is the true nuclear proliferator

May 11, 2007 22:44

Iran accused the United States of being the true violator of the Nonproliferation Treaty Friday, as a global conference ended without managing to bridge conflicting priorities on how to tighten the pact meant to prevent the spread of nuclear arms. The United States and the European Union in turn criticized Tehran for hamstringing the 106-nation meeting for a week by blocking consensus adoption of its agenda because of a phrase calling for the "need for full compliance with" the treaty. Diplomats accredited to the conference said Iran felt that wording would allow it to be targeted for its defiance of the UN Security Council. Differences were reflected to the last minutes of the meeting by the failure of delegates Friday to adopt the Japanese "chairman's factual summary" - Yukiya Amano's review of the debates initiated and documents submitted at the meeting since its opening April 30.

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