Clinton at the NPT RevCon charges that Iran has violated NPT provisions; Mottaki invites UN Security Council members for dinner to discuss Iran’s nuclear programme, US, UK, France and Russia do not send Ambassadors;
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  • US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference charged that Iran had violated its NPT obligations and should be held to account. She added that “Iran is the only country represented in this hall that has been found by the [International Atomic Energy Agency] board of governors to be currently in non-compliance with its nuclear safeguard obligations.” 1 President Ahmadinejad earlier in his speech at the conference blamed states with nuclear weapons of threatening those who wanted to develop peaceful nuclear technology. His comments provoked delegates from the US, the UK, and France to walk out of the conference.

    Foreign Minister Manoucher Mottaki hosted a dinner for representatives of UN Security Council members, including the US. Reports noted that the event was a rare move for a visiting dignitary to host a dinner for all the Council’s 15 member nations. Other than the US, UK, France and Russia, most of the other countries sent in their ambassadors.2

    Reports noted that the construction of the Chabahar-Zahedan-Mashhad railway was going on along its 1,350 kms length. The project, started with a 3 billion euro credit, had more than two years of planning. Iran’s minister of roads and transportation, Hamid Behbahani stated that 800 billion rials (around €60m) have been allocated to start the project.3