April 08, 2009
The Non-Aligned Movement issued a joint statement at their 15th Ministerial Conference held in Tehran from July 27-30, 2008. The members supported Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology and commended Iran for its cooperation with the IAEA.
"The Ministers reaffirmed the basic and inalienable right of all states to develop research, production and use of atomic energy for peaceful purposes, without any discrimination and in conformity with their respective legal obligations. Therefore, nothing should be interpreted in a way as inhibiting or restricting the right of states to develop atomic energy for peaceful purposes…The Ministers welcomed the continuing cooperation being extended by the Islamic Republic of Iran to the IAEA…They welcomed the fact that the IAEA has been able to verify the nondiversion of declared nuclear material in Iran as reflected in the Agency’s reports since November 2003 and further noted the assessment of the IAEA Director General in Safeguard Implementation Report (SIR) 2006 that all nuclear material declared by Iran had been accounted for and remains in peaceful activities…
The Ministers reaffirmed the inviolability of peaceful nuclear activities and that any attack or threat of attack against peaceful nuclear facilities - operational or under construction - poses a great danger to human beings and the environment, and constitutes a grave violation of international law, principles and purposes of the Charter of the United Nations and regulations of the IAEA. They recognized the need for a comprehensive multilaterally negotiated instrument prohibiting attacks, or threat of attacks on nuclear facilities devoted to peaceful uses of nuclear energy…The Ministers stressed that diplomacy and dialogue through peaceful means must continue to find a comprehensive and long term solution to the Iranian nuclear issue. They expressed their conviction that the only way to resolve the issue is to pursue substantive negotiations without any preconditions among all relevant parties. In this regard, the Ministers welcomed Iran's willingness to commence negotiations on various regional and global issues, including nuclear issues with NAM Member States, particularly those of the region. The Ministers further welcomed the talks between Iran and the six countries held in Geneva in July 2008."
The Non-Aligned Movement is not an economic cooperation or trade organization, though many of its member states have bilateral trade relations with other members. The Non-Aligned movement has not made any formal statements on economic relations with Iran.
The majority of diplomatic work of the Non-Aligned Movement is carried out at the joint Ministerial Conferences, the most recent of which was entitled “Solidarity For Peace And Justice” and was hosted in Tehran from July 27-30, 2008. The Non-Aligned Movement has 118 member states, and 15 observer states, of which 98 members and 12 observers attended the 15th Ministerial Conference of the Non-Aligned Movement in Tehran in 2008.
Antigua and Barbuda
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
São Tomé and Príncipe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
Bosnia and Herzegovina
People's Republic of China