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Iran condemns Israeli war rhetoric, vows firm response to aggression
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11/08/2012 11:42 AM
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Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei has strongly condemned the “provocative and unjustifiable” war rhetoric by the Israeli regime’s officials, saying the Islamic Republic will give a firm response to any aggression.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has never initiated a war and has never had an intention to attack other countries but… in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter on the inherent right of [individual or collective] self-defense, in case of any attack on its nation or territory, Iran will not hesitate about giving a firm response to such attacks and adopting any necessary measure,” Khazaei said in a letter to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and head of the Security Council on Wednesday.
In his latest warmongering remarks against Iran, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on November 5 that he is ready to order a strike on the country’s nuclear facilities.
Khazaei denounced the “provocative, impudent and threatening” remarks by the Israeli premier against Iran’s nuclear energy program and warned that such statements are a blatant breach of the UN Charter and international regulations and rights and would threaten regional peace and security.
It is ridiculous that such warmongering remarks and unfounded claims are being made by the officials of a regime whose atomic weapons and their covert proliferation are the most important threat to regional and international peace and security, the Iranian diplomat pointed out.
He urged the UN to show an immediate reaction to the Israeli regime’s threats and aggressive moves, saying the body should adopt necessary measures to prevent their repeat.
Israel has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, falsely claiming that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Iran rejects the allegations against its nuclear energy activities, arguing that as a committed signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran's nuclear energy program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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