B’nai B’rith International is outraged after member states of the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee elected Iran to the position of rapporteur of the Disarmament and International Security Committee. Iran’s brazen and cynical efforts to secure a leadership role on the committee have proven successful, as are its efforts in turning this committee into a farce. This is yet another example of the United Nations continuing to reward and legitimize a dangerous regime that has no regard for international security and nuclear disarmament.
Recently-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been on a “charm offensive” during his trip to the U.N. General Assembly, while back in Iran, Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei has shown no sign of slowing Iran’s nuclear development. Iran has continuously stonewalled international attempts to deal with its illegal nuclear weapons program.
In addition to Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program—for which the regime has been repeatedly sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council—Iran is the world’s most active state-sponsor of international terror, supplying funding and arms to a number of terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah.
Iran’s actions are antithetical to the objectives of this committee. The credibility of this committee has been undermined by Iran’s election as rapporteur and it will be difficult to take the committee’s actions seriously until Iran is removed from the position.