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Iranian Envoy: ‘israeli’ N. Arsenals Threatening Region

Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi called the Israeli atomic weapons as a threat to the region, and stressed the need for the international community to pressure Tel Aviv.

Takht Ravanchi made the remarks on Tuesday, addressing the UN Scientific Committee on Effects of Atomic Radiation.

He blasted Israel for refusing to join the Nuclear Non-proliferation treaty (NPT) as well as other arms control agreements, describing Tel Aviv’s approach toward Iran as hypocritical.

Tel Aviv is trying to avert global attention from its own nuclear activities and arsenal, Takht Ravanchi said.

The Iranian envoy highlighted Israel’s defiance of calls to create a nuclear-free region and described the regime’s nuclear arsenal as a threat to the region.

Takht Ravanchi noted that Israel has a long history of aggression and crime against Palestinians, and has violated hundreds of UN resolutions

“Throughout history, Israel has consistently and blatantly violated hundreds of UN resolutions against aggression, occupation and war crimes, and these are not to be forgotten,” Takht Ravanchi said.

“Israel has not adhered to the rules and regulations prohibiting the production, development and stockpiling of weapons of mass destruction, and its arsenals, given the regime’s threatening attitude towards world peace and security, play a destabilizing role,” he added. “The world must be fully aware of Israel’s illegal actions and threats to regional peace and security.”

Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons, is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal.

The regime has refused to allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the NPT.

The Israeli regime, the Middle East region’s sole nuclear arms possessor, has also assassinated seven Iranian nuclear scientists.

Neither the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nor the United Nations have taken the Tel Aviv regime to task for its illegal activities aimed at endangering the regional and international peace and security.

In relevant remarks in September, Takht Ravanchi had also blasted the US for carrying out the highest number of tests on nukes, and urged the international community to stop tolerating Israel’s armament with nuclear weapons.

Throughout the period, “about 2,000 tests have been carried out, 1,054 of which by the US”, he said.

“These sinister tests have been used as preliminary steps towards the production, proliferation, and even use of nuclear weapons.” 

“The devastating consequences of nuclear tests reverberate across generations, with a widespread and profound impacts on not only the people but also our planet,” Takht Ravanchi added.

He further urged the international community against the continued tolerance of ownership of such weapons by the Israeli regime—the US most treasured ally in the Middle East that is in possession of hundreds of nuclear warheads.

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