Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday called for states that threaten to use atomic weapons to be punished, a clear reference to a new U.S. nuclear strategy released last month.
Speaking at a meeting of the 189 signatories of the 1970 nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), he urged "considering any threat to use nuclear weapons or attack against peaceful nuclear facilities as a breach of international peace and security."
Such threats should meet with "swift reaction from the United Nations and termination of all cooperation of NPT member states with the threatening aggressor state," Ahmadinejad said.
The delegations of the United States, Britain and France all walked out of the U.N. General Assembly chamber during the Iranian president's speech.
Among the punishments that should be meted out to countries that use, or threaten to use, atomic weapons against other nations is suspension from the board of governors of the U.N. nuclear watchdog in Vienna, Ahmadinejad said.
The United States' so-called nuclear posture review reduces the role of atomic weapons in U.S. defense policy but does not rule out the use of nuclear warheads against countries like Iran and North Korea that U.S. accuses.
Both the United States and Israel have said, that they could attack Iran.
Iran says its nuclear ambitions are limited to peacefully generating electricity.
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