Iran: Israel´s Nuclear Weapons Are the Greatest Threat (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 05/03/12)
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A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Israel´s undeclared
nuclear weapons pose the greatest threat to Mideast peace.
According to The Associated Press, Deputy Foreign Minister Mohammad
Mahdi Akhondzadeh accused the United States and other nuclear powers
of hypocritically ignoring their disarmament commitments.
Akhondzadeh made the comments to a 189-nation nonproliferation
meeting, reflecting Iran´s attempts to deflect international concerns
that its nuclear activities could be turned to making weapons.
Akhondzadeh, who avoided direct mention of the United States,
criticized “certain nuclear-weapon states”, likely referring to the
U.S., Britain and France.
He also described Israel as posing “the gravest threat to the
stability and security” of the Middle East, according to AP.
Israel has never confirmed it but is widely assumed to be the only
Mideast nation to possess nuclear arms.
Akhondzadeh also criticized “certain nuclear-weapon states” that have
ratified the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, saying their stockpile
of weapons “and their continued modernization ... (is) the most
serious threat to the survival of mankind.”
He accused these countries of “lack of effective and systematic
progress towards implementing nuclear disarmament obligations” under
commitments to the Nonproliferation Treaty.
“Certain nuclear-weapon states are expected to display sincerity and
political will rather than hypocrisy with regard to their nuclear
disarmament obligations,” Akhondzadeh said.
Iran will hold negotiations with the United States, France, Russia,
China, Germany and Britain over the Islamic Republic´s nuclear
program in Baghdad on May 23.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has expressed hope that the
next round of talks with the six powers will mark “the beginning of
the end of the nuclear issue.”
Previous talks were held in Istanbul last month. The European Union’s
foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, said they had been
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said after the talks that he felt
Iran had been “given a freebie. It’s got five weeks to continue
enrichment without any limitation.” (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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