Israel must join non-nuclear treaty, Iran's Rouhani tells UN
NEW YORK (AFP) - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday called on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and put its widely suspected nuclear arms under international control.
"No nation should possess nuclear weapons," Mr Rouhani, whose country is accused by western countries of seeking a nuclear bomb, told a United Nations General Assembly meeting on nuclear disarmament.
"As long as nuclear weapons exist, the risk of their use, threat of use and proliferation persist. The only absolute guarantee is their total elimination," Mr Rouhani said.
He called on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to put nuclear weapons under international controls and prevent their spread. Israel, which is widely believed to have nuclear weapons but has never acknowledged its programme, has not signed the treaty, unlike Iran.