Lawmakers demand UN remove Iran from leadership of disarmament talks

Members of both parties demanded Friday that the United Nations remove Iran from leading upcoming disarmament talks.

In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, 72 House members said Iran's “continued pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability,” “grotesque human rights record” and “role as a leading state sponsor of terrorism” should “disqualify” it from chairing the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. The next round of Geneva-based talks will take place from next Monday through June 23. 

“By allowing Iran to chair this Conference, the United Nations is legitimizing a tyrannical regime committed to the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction while delegitimizing the United Nations as a force to contain nuclear weapons,” the letter says. “Indeed, a conference seeking nuclear transparency and disarmament will be led by a country operating a dangerous and covert nuclear program that threatens global nuclear instability.”