Iran Blasts “Rogue” Israeli Regime’s Dangerous Military N. Program
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called Tel Aviv a “rogue” regime, and warned that the Israeli nuclear warheads are a danger to regional and international security.
"The Zionist regime, as an illegitimate entity that has become a base for terror and state terrorism, has created dangerous conditions for the region and the world. The regime, which does not adhere to international laws, has an active military nuclear program and consistently refused to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and has not accepted safeguards rules and is known as a rogue regime in the international system and has no grace," Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.
"Unfortunately, there is a double and very shameful standard in the West, which does not put pressure on the regime to join (the NPT) and disarm and rather gives all its resources to the regime,” he added.
Khatibzadeh noted that Iran and the allied, Islamic and friendly states pursue a Middle-East free from nuclear weapons, adding that the plan has been repeatedly suggested but boycotted by the US for the sake of the Israeli regime.
“The regime is not in a position to talk about NPT member states,” Khatibzadeh underlined.
In relevant remarks last week, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi blasted the US for carrying out the highest number of tests on nukes, and urged the international community to stop tolerating Israel's armament with nuclear weapons.
Takht Ravanchi, who was addressing a UN General Assembly meeting held to mark the International Day against Nuclear Tests, said that the US was the world’s nuclear-weapon state that had carried out the majority of tests using the non-conventional weapons since 1945.
Throughout the period, “about 2,000 tests have been carried out, 1,054 of which by the US”, he told the meeting.
“These sinister tests have been used as preliminary steps towards the production, proliferation, and even use of nuclear weapons.”
“The devastating consequences of nuclear tests reverberate across generations, with a widespread and profound impacts on not only the people but also our planet,” he added.
He further urged the international community against the continued tolerance of ownership of such weapons by the Israeli regime—the US most treasured ally in the Middle East that is in possession of hundreds of nuclear warheads.
Takht Ravanchi laid emphasis on the fact that the humanity’s very survival depends on the international community’s resolve to stand up to the deployment of nuclear weapons and its commitment to the weapons’ ultimate destruction.
"Given the bitter experience of the past, it is our conviction that nuclear disarmament is and must remain a top priority for the international community. The very survival of humankind depends on our unwavering concurrence that nuclear weapons should never be deployed and, furthermore, permanently destroyed. Therefore, we highlight that the moratoria to stop nuclear tests does not substitute a legally binding obligation," the Iranian envoy stated.
He, meanwhile, hailed entry into force of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) that took effect in January, calling the development a step in the direction of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament.