Iran seeks position on U.N. disarmament committee

A spokesman for Iran's U.N. mission confirmed on Tuesday that Iran is seeking a key spot on the U.N. General Assembly's First Committee.

The First Committee considers all issues dealing with disarmament, international security matters, principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments.

The recent push for this spot has drawn criticism from numerous countries, including Israel, that accuse Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons, Reuters reports.

"Allowing Iran to be on the U.N. committee dealing with nuclear disarmament and weapons proliferation is like inviting Assad, the Syrian dictator responsible for the death of 100,000 of his own people, to be the head of the population census bureau," Israeli U.N. Ambassador Ron Prosor said, according to Reuters.

Iran has denied allegations that it is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. In statements, Iran has said its nuclear program is meant for generating electricity and other peaceful intentions.

Iran's bid for the First Committee comes after it withdrew its bid for the U.N. Human Rights Council. The bid for the Human Rights Council was withdrawn without explanation after criticism from the United States and Israel, according to Reuters.