Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi said recent remarks by US Vice President Mike Pence in a Zionist lobby in Washington as repetitious, fictitious and in line with hostile and unilateralist policies of the American government against Iran. “America’s unwavering support for Israel’s nuclear military activities, which have led to production and stockpilinhg of hundreds of nuclear warheads, represent the full support of the aggressor regime and cause instability and insecurity in the region and the world”, he underscored. FM spokesman further noted that America’s support for Israel’s act of aggression against the people of region as well as daily crimes of America’s allies against the defenseless people pf Yemen have added to insecurity of the Middle East.
The United States, Britain and France are among almost 40 countries that will not join talks on a nuclear weapons ban treaty starting at the United Nations on Monday, said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley. Haley told reporters the countries skipping the negotiations are instead committed to the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which entered into force in 1970 and is aimed at preventing the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. “There is nothing I want more for my family than a world with no nuclear weapons. But we have to be realistic. Is there anyone that believes that North Korea would agree to a ban on nuclear weapons?” Haley told reporters.
SEOUL, Feb. 9 (Yonhap) — An incentive-oriented approach won’t help the world reach its goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, a high-profile defector who served Pyongyang said Thursday. “We should not think that giving incentives to North Korea will help resolve Pyongyang’s nuclear issue,” Thae Yong-ho, a former diplomat who arrived in South Korea last year, told a forum in Seoul. He was at the gathering as a panelist, a first for him since his defection. Thae said that no matter how appealing incentives are, North Korea will not accept them if Pyongyang judges they do not benefit the one-man rule of its leader Kim Jong-un.