‘israeli regime’s nuke arsenal ‘a threat to intl. community’
Reza Najafi, Iran’s Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reminded the world of the threat posed by Israeli nuclear arsenal.
“The nuclear capabilities of the Israeli regime along with its military dimensions has been proved to the world and has been always a source of concern for the International community,” said Reza Najafi, Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
He made the remarks addressing the 61st session of IAEA General Conference on Thursday in Vienna.
The Iranian diplomat reminded that since 1982, the IAEA has passed numerous resolutions requiring the Israeli regime to join the NPT (The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons) and to let all its nuclear sites be monitored by the UN body.
He asserted that even at the 2010 Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, the Israeli regime was once again urged to join the treaty.
At NPT Review Conference in 2010, a section in the concluding statement of the conference addressed Israel’s nuclear capabilities and urged it to open all of its nuclear facilities to UN inspections. It also called for convening a conference on making the Middle East an area free of weapons of mass destruction within two years.
Israel is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. The regime, however, refuses to either accept or deny having the weapons.
It has also evaded signing the NPT amid staunch endeavor by the United States and other Western states on international levels in favor of its non-commitment to the accord.