Iran’s N. Head: Israeli Minister’s Nuke Remark Substantiates Assumptions on Tel Aviv’s Possession of Atomic Bombs
TEHRAN (FNA)- Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami strongly decried the Israeli minister’s comment regarding dropping a nuclear bomb on the Gaza Strip, stressing that the controversial statement reveals that the Zionist regime is in possession of atomic bombs.
Eslami on Wednesday called for global condemnation of Israeli Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu’s threat of using nuclear bombs against the Gaza Strip, pointing out that it counts as an admission of possessing atomic bombs.
“Once again, an official with the Zionist regime has admitted to its possession of nuclear weapons. More importantly, he undermined the fundamental principles of the international law and the United Nations Charter by making threats against the oppressed and innocent people of Gaza,” the AEOI chief said.
“Even though some countries have already denounced the remarks, it is high time international organizations, especially the United Nations, broke their silence and took firm actions in the face of such audacity, which seriously jeopardizes international peace and security,” he added.
Eslami also urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its Director General, Rafael Grossi, to adopt an independent and firm measure within the framework of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, especially on the establishment of a Middle East zone free of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.
He also asked the UN nuclear watchdog to condemn the Israeli official’s threats, which violate the principles and objectives of the UN Charter, and report to the UN Security Council on the fallout of Israel’s nuclear bombardment.
Addressing a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi stated that the remarks proved the righteousness of Iran’s stance toward Israel.
"The Islamic Republic considers the existence of this terrorist regime dangerous to the society and stresses the need for confronting it and defending the rights of the oppressed Palestinian people,” he stressed
In a letter to the UNSC on Tuesday, Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN Amir Saeed Iravani called on the international community to push Israel to fully work with the UN nuclear agency and dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
He described as a “matter of utmost concern” the Israeli minister’s comment of using nuclear weapons against the civilians in the besieged Palestinian territory.
Stressing that it was the second time in just two months that senior Israeli officials had resorted to the threat of using nuclear weapons, Iravani said the regime’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made explicit threats regarding the use of such weapons against Iran in his address at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in September.
“The use or even the mere threat of nuclear weapons, irrespective of the circumstances or the responsible party, constitutes a flagrant violation not only of international law but also of the fundamental principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” the Iranian envoy added.
“Furthermore, what makes this situation even more alarming is when such dire threats originate from the authorities of an occupying regime, which has displayed a consistent disregard for international humanitarian law and is continuing its unabated heinous crimes against the Palestinian people, including genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity and even using starvation as a method of warfare in the besieged Gaza Strip,” he continued.
Iravani urged the international community to ramp up pressure on the Israeli regime to adhere to its obligations and dismantle its nuclear weapons program.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran calls on the international community to condemn the Israeli regime’s reckless and dangerous statements and to apply pressure to ensure that Israel fully cooperates with the IAEA and adheres to its safeguards and verification procedures, dismantles its nuclear weapons program, and joins and fully implements all relevant international treaties and conventions on Weapons of Mass Destruction,” he stated.
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.