Iran Takes on UN at NAM Summit, Slams 'Current World Order'
Iran kicked off the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Sunday by slamming the "adverse consequences of the current world order" and demanding change from the United Nations, state-run Press TV reported.
"Six decades since its establishment, the United Nations needs fundamental reforms in order to adapt to the modern global developments," said Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, according to the report, adding that "a more democratic Security Council" is needed.
Iran is using the summit of 120 nations to further urge its "insistence" on endorsing a convention on nuclear disarmament, a goal the group has previously committed to.
Despite an abundance of evidence to the contrary and the regime’s almost daily calls to annihilate Israel, Iran continues to claim that its nuclear program is not intended to achieve nuclear weapons.
Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi plans to visit the Bushehr nuclear facilities while in the country for the summit, Press TV reported.
"The visit is line with countering propaganda against the Islamic Republic and their baseless claims about Iran's attempts to obtain nuclear program," Iranian lawmaker Mansour Haqiqatpour said Sunday.
Iran denied reports Sunday that Hamas had been invited to the summit saying, "President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has not sent any official invitation for attending the NAM Summit to the prime minister of the people's government of Hamas," the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency quoted a summit spokesman as saying.
Only Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas was invited, the spokesman said.
Despite objections from Israel, the United States and Jewish groups worldwide, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to arrive at the meeting Wednesday.
"The Secretary-General looks forward to the summit as an opportunity to work with the participating heads of state and government, including the host country, towards solutions on issues that are central to the global agenda including follow-up to the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development, disarmament, conflict prevention, and support for countries in transition," his spokesman said in a statement last week.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, and others called on the U.N. Secretary General to boycott the summit.
"Your presence in the Iranian capital at this time will be counterproductive to the efforts of the international community to bring Iran into compliance with its obligations under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and abandon its nuclear weapons ambitions," the ADL wrote in a letter earlier this month.