Iran is appointed to key position on U.N. weapons disarmament committee

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Israel’s UN Ambassador Ron Prosor (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)

 

You can’t make this stuff up. Hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fear-mongering address to the UN General Assembly last week, the UN’s 193-member committee on Disarmament and International Security unanimously appointed Iran special rapporteur of the weapons disarmament committee.

Iran had submitted its candidacy for the position in July.

Israel is not happy. Ron Prosor, Israel’s Ambassador to the UN, condemned the decision on Monday and sent a letter of complaint to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying the appointment was akin to “appointing a drug lord as CEO of a pharmaceutical company.”

UPI: Israel protests Iran’s U.N. weapons committee appointment

“It is inconceivable that a state under Security Council sanctions for suspected WMD proliferation activities would be allowed to hold this position. Permitting Iran to serve on the U.N.’s leading disarmament committee is like appointing a drug lord [chief executive officer] of a pharmaceutical company. How is it possible to entrust the reporting on disarmament to a country that itself is likely to be the subject of the report?” Prosor wrote.

The Jerusalem Post reports “Prosor’s warnings may fall on deaf ears, as many countries seem to be lining up to drink the metaphorical Iranian koolaid.”

 

…The position’s duties include relaying information and reports on disarmament and armament activities between the committee and the General Assembly.

The First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, which is comprised of all 193 member states, “considers all disarmament and international security matters” and “seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.” One of its main functions is to draft resolutions that are later debated by the General Assembly; the committee has no power to pass resolutions.

Prosor’s warnings may fall on deaf ears, as many countries seem to be lining up to drink the metaphorical Iranian koolaid.

British foreign secretary William Hague told Reuters that Britain and Iran are working on mending ties, and Britain is thinking about reopening its embassy in Tehran that they shuttered in 2011.

Ouch.

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  1. amigo says:

    “Permitting Iran to serve on the U.N.’s leading disarmament committee is like appointing a drug lord [chief executive officer] of a pharmaceutical company. How is it possible to entrust the reporting on disarmament to a country that itself is likely to be the subject of the report?” Prosor wrote.”

    Yeah and it is also like one drug lord complaining about another Drug Lord who may or may not have Drugs.

    Prosor, you reek of hypocrisy.

    Glad you got a strong and unified message from the Intl Community.Enough of your whinging.

    • how much you wanna bet that the legal drug lords(pharmaceutical CEO’s) have more pusher’s on their pay roll than the illegal drug lords, and kill more people,too!
      if i was ki-moon, i’d wipe my a** with israels complaint letter and send it back

  2. amigo says:

    “British foreign secretary William Hague told Reuters that Britain and Iran are working on mending ties, and Britain is thinking about reopening its embassy in Tehran that they shuttered in 2011.”

    Boy, That,s one up the old spout for the zios.Israel,s leaders must be traumatized by these sudden hammering’s it is taking.

    Things are looking up and all I suspect due to nietanyahu,s friendly fireside chat at the UN.

    What a difference a Day makes.

    • ziusudra says:

      Greetings Amigo,
      The fruit of the ever engrossing real liability of keeping zionistan afloat is ripening on the’ tree of wisdom’ of the UK & the US!
      My, could they become ‘wells of wisdom’, at last?
      Psst, No, you really don’t need your vassal zionistan!
      ziusudra
      PS How long it took to become discusted with Edgar J. Hoover & McCarty!

  3. amigo says:

    An after thought!.

    Wouldn,t it be Ironic if Israel is denied a place on the UN Security Council as a revolving member.

    • Citizen says:

      @ Amigo
      Israel thinks it will beat out Germany or Belgium to be voted its first non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2019-2020: link to reuters.com

      Israel applied for one of the two seats allotted to the “Western European and Others Group.” Technically Israel should be a member of the Asia-Pacific Group along with the other states in the Middle East. But predominantly Muslim states blocked its admission to that group.

      • amigo says:

        @Citizen
        “Technically Israel should be a member of the Asia-Pacific Group along with the other states in the Middle East.”

        Technically Israel should be kicked out of the UN by the General Assy as it represents a danger to the World community.

        Israel,IMHO hasn,t got a hope in hell of getting 2/3 of the same community, who appointed Iran to it,s new position allowing Israel anywhere near the SC given it,s serial abuse of UN resolutions.

        We can only hope Israel gets another round across it,s bow.

  4. Krauss says:

    The biggest druglord, if we want to use nuclear/biological/chemical weapons as our metaphor, in the Middle East is Israel.

    Israel here is concerned with a rival drug lord, although far less powerful, that will threaten their hegemony on the ability of mass destruction.

    But apparently the U.S. didn’t even bother to lobby for their parasitic settler-colonial state. I wonder how much fear this induces in their spines.
    Chip, chip, chipping away.

    Oh, by the way, did you guys know that 2 Israeli-Americans got the Nobel today?
    THIS PROVES THAT THE ANTI-ISRAELI LEFT CANNOT OPPOSE THE APARTHEID-POLICIES IN ISRAEL ON REASONABLE GROUNDS! NOBEL!!!1

    Let’s ignore the fact that neither have been in Israel working full-time for several decades. And that Apartheid South Africa was easily the most technologically advanced state in Africa at it’s time, and if just to take it further, Nazi Germany was the most advanced economy in Europe at the outbreak of WWII. Not that Israel is the same as Nazi Germany but the broader point is important here.

    Technological advancement =/= humanistic values.
    Highly technlogical societies can easily become racist nightmares on their own.

  5. Kathleen says:

    Prosor just another Israeli official who tries hard to flip the script. If Israel had been appointed to such a position now that would be like appointing a drug lord . Israel has the massive nuclear, biological and chemical weapons that go un inspected because Israel has and continues to refuse to sign the NPT. The Iranian President has invited Israel once again to sign the NPT…Iran has been pushing for a nuclear free middle east. Israel’s undeclared stockpiles have and continue to be a threat to peace in the middle east.

  6. Ellen says:

    Interesting and symbolic development, especially on the heels of the Israeli PM’s somewhat deranged speech and afterbthe cartoon bomb speech last year.

    But this development will only serve as fodder to the UN-is-worthless-and-doesn’t-matter crowd.

    But in reality this IS important and signals that the stage is being set for normalization of relations with Iran. There is no stopping it as the interests to do so are far greater than those of the Israeli and Co. fear industry.

    • xanadou says:

      @Ellen, many of the UN naysayers are unaware of the fact that Iran DID sign the NPT and entertains regular and unfettered IAEA inspections. Unlike Israel: a deafening NO to both.

      • Kathleen says:

        Oh the naysayers are well aware of the facts and the outrageous hypocrisy they just do not want the common folk of the world to get these facts. That is why it is important that people alert the rest of the public about those facts via petitions,letters to your local paper, dropping literature off about these facts, calling into national call in radio on the Rehm show, contacting NPR when they repeat unsubstantiated claims about Iran and other outlets and set them straight on the facts. Contacting your Reps about the Iran facts is important too.

    • ellen, i think mostly what it signifies is the 193 countries do not consider iran a threat. i think coming within hrs of natanyahu’s speech it is also symbolically a kick in the gut to israel. but mostly i think it represents the media and israel’s hasbara is not spreading globally,or impacting people’s impression of iran globally.

      i also think it is quite significant it wasn’t picked up by the msm here. which is rather surprising. it means somebody just doesn’t really want the american public to notice all those countries are not taking the saber rattling seriously.

      • piotr says:

        This is actually puzzling. What happened to Palau and Marianas? Two independent states that have budgets 90% funded by acts of US Congress. And US for that matter… Is this one of the effects of the current “government shutdown”? Clearly, casting votes to please Israel is not on the short list of “essential functions”.

  7. Do this regime ever stop crying? Everyday, something new to rant about…embarrassing.

  8. xanadou says:

    “Israel … saying the appointment was akin to “appointing a drug lord as CEO of a pharmaceutical company.”
    They would know: just consider Kissinger, Rumsfeld (ex-CEO of Searle) and so many more similar self-disqualified depressing examples polluting the US govt., and policies.

    I say “good on ya, UN”. There is no better way for Iran to prove Rouhani’s recent UN performance right or wrong.

    A put-up or shut-up UN-style?

    This is the price Israel is paying for shunning the NPT and IAEA inspections. Furthermore, Iran’s appointment shines an extra-bright light on Israel’s ever widening and deepening chasm between its loquacious PR stunts and real-life actions.

  9. NickJOCW says:

    I can’t think of any nation more suited to the position than Iran. However, there must be more to it than that since appointing those best suited to tasks is scarcely a UN characteristic; looks more like two fingers to the sheep in wolf’s clothing.

    • xanadou says:

      Or, the middle one, favoured in other geographical locations.

      To be serious, tho’, could this mean that the US is, at last, getting tired of the one note whining? Whatever next dare one hope for? That the ziocons start acting like they’re adults with a country to run? Or that the Israeli’s wake up, reach up/out and join humanity while it’s still an option? At the moment Fukushima is best placed to execute the final solution of our own time.

      • NickJOCW says:

        Bringing Israel into line hasn’t been an exclusively US task for some years, indeed it’s almost impossible to do more than hypothesize how the US might accomplish such a thing given the stranglehold interest groups have over its decision making. It is a process best accomplished by the rest of the world, and the greatest contribution the US can make is not to stand in the way; less as a question of what the US does as what it does not do. The Committee in question, by the way, is chaired by Libya whose PM has just been hijacked in an hotel in Tripoli. Hey ho.

        A friend once brought back a discarded car seat from a communal dump. What on earth do you want with that? I asked. Well, it’s a start, he said.

      • mijj says:

        > ” .. could this mean that the US is, at last, getting tired of the one note whining? Whatever next dare one hope for?”

        is the US in danger of becoming self-possessed?

  10. Shingo says:

    Permitting Iran to serve on the U.N.’s leading disarmament committee is like appointing a drug lord [chief executive officer] of a pharmaceutical company.

    What a lying scoundrel!! The simple fact remains that Iran has consistently advocated for a nuclear free Middle East and nuclear disarmament, while Israel has rejected this motion.

    That makes Iran perfectly suitable for the appointment.

  11. thetumta says:

    Some day soon, the Zionists pronouncements will pass without any comment by anyone. Some day soon. And we’ll all be better off for it.

    Hej! Tumta

  12. RoHa says:

    “How is it possible to entrust the reporting on disarmament to a country that itself is likely to be the subject of the report?”

    On that basis, Costa Rica could be on the committee. What other countries would qualify? Some of these, perhaps?

    link to en.wikipedia.org

    (But Liechtenstein is still at war with Prussia, since it was not included in the 1866 treaty. )

  13. dbroncos says:

    Will the special rapporteur from Iran use his microphone to suggest that the ME should should be a WMD free zone? I hope so.