B’nai B’rith International is outraged as Iran is set to chair the United Nations-sponsored Conference on Disarmament from May 27 to June 23, despite the country’s ongoing efforts to obtain nuclear weapons.
Iran will chair the conference by way of protocol, with the 65-nation meeting rotating chairs based on alphabetical order. Hungary chaired the last conference.
For Iran to head this conference is a total farce and further legitimizes a regime that blatantly defies the will of the international community. On top of its nuclear weapons program—for which Iran has been repeatedly sanctioned by the U.N. Security Council—Iran is the world’s most active state-sponsor of international terror, supplying arms to a number of terrorist organizations, including Hezbollah. Iran is also guilty of being a serial human rights abuser.
B’nai B’rith commends the United States Mission to the United Nations for its refusal to attend the conference while Iran presides. It is clear Iran has no interest in disarming or disbanding its nuclear weapons program, and this meeting will merely serve Iranian propaganda purposes.