Iran up for UN disarmament panel post, US objects

UNITED NATIONS - Iran is running for the vice chairmanship of the UN Disarmament Commission, which the United States said on Thursday was unacceptable in light of Tehran's many breaches of Security Council demands that it halt its controversial atomic work.
Several UN diplomats told Reuters that Iran was running unopposed for one of two vice chair posts allotted to the Asia-Pacific Group, one of five regional UN groups.
Iran's UN mission defended its candidacy for the post, saying Tehran has been a "front-runner" on disarmament for years.
Western diplomats said such UN posts are largely symbolic, though Tehran uses them to try to improve its reputation at the United Nations.
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