Iran Calls on World Bodies to Condemn Israeli Nuclear Threats
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva urged the international community to decry and reject nuclear rhetoric, particularly the recent Israeli threats against Tehran.
"September 26, marks the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons. Iran, as the victim of WMD (weapons of mass destruction) in contemporary history, is committed to this end and decisively, along with other peace-loving nations, will follow the cause of a Nuclear Weapons Free World," the Iranian mission wrote in a post on X, the social media network used to be known as Twitter.
"The international community should reject and condemn any normalization of nuclear rhetoric and, in particular, the threat of use of nuclear weapons, as made at the United Nations General Assembly by the Israeli regime prime minister, which only serves to undermine the international peace and security," the Iranian mission added.
It came days after Benjamin Netanyahu called for a “credible nuclear threat” against Tehran in an address to the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly. The Israeli premier’s office later clarified that he misread the line and meant to say a “credible military threat".
Iran’s diplomatic delegation at the UN has dismissed Netanyahu’s speech as a "comedy show", stressing, "The baseless allegations made by Israeli officials no longer fool anyone”. And Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian stated no one takes Netanyahu’s unfounded anti-Iran accusations and threats seriously.
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has also cautioned that the Israeli regime has jeopardize the credibility of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and further warned that Tehran reserves the right to give a tit-for-tat response to Israel’s arrogant behavior.
The nuclear chief added Israel’s threats against Iran’s nuclear scientists are in violation of the Statute of the IAEA and the United Nations Charter.
He noted Iran, as the initiator of the nuclear-weapon-free-zone plan in the Middle East, expresses its concern about the secret nuclear military program of the Israeli regime.
“Unfortunately, the Zionist regime has not placed its nuclear program under the safeguards agreement, and therefore, it is considered a threat to international peace and security,” he said, adding that Israel has endangered the integrity and credibility of the NPT and the IAEA.
Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, making it the Middle East's sole possessor of non-conventional arms.
Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to possess 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, making it the sole possessor of non-conventional arms in West Asia. The illegitimate entity has, however, refused to either allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the NPT. The Zionist regime has assassinated at least seven Iranian nuclear scientists and conducted a series of sabotage operations against the Islamic Republic’s nuclear facilities.
Tehran has repeatedly stressed the necessity for countries which possess atomic weapons to take practical steps towards disarmament. Iran has also proposed the creation of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East. Iran has deplored the Israeli regime's clandestine nuclear program as a real threat to the Middle East region.
Tehran has repeatedly declared that its nuclear program remains purely peaceful as always and that the Islamic Republic had no intention of developing nuclear weapons as a matter of an Islamic and state principal.
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei issued an official fatwa (religious decree) clearly establishing that any form of acquisition, development, and use of nuclear weapons violate Islamic principles and are therefore forbidden.
Iran has proved the peaceful nature of its nuclear program to the world by signing the 2015 nuclear deal with six world powers. However, Washington’s exit in May 2018 and its subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran left the future of the agreement in limbo.