Statement by Erin Pelton, Spokesperson, U.S. Mission to the United Nations, on Iran's Rotation as President of the Conference on Disarmament, May 13, 2013

Erin Pelton
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
May 13, 2013


Iran’s upcoming rotation as President of the Conference on Disarmament (CD) is unfortunate and highly inappropriate. The United States continues to believe that countries that are under Chapter VII sanctions for weapons proliferation or massive human-rights abuses should be barred from any formal or ceremonial positions in UN bodies.

While the presidency of the CD is largely ceremonial and involves no substantive responsibilities, allowing Iran--a country that is in flagrant violation of its obligations under multiple UN Security Council Resolutions and to the IAEA Board of Governors--to hold such a position runs counter to the goals and objectives of the Conference on Disarmament itself. As a result, the United States will not be represented at the ambassadorial level during any meeting presided over by Iran.


PRN: 2013/074