Iran’s Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan has scoffed at Israel’s warmongering threats against the Islamic Republic, saying the Israeli regime is “too weak to dare make such a brazen move.”
“[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s recent aggressive reaction and warmongering remarks shows the Islamic Republic of Iran’s political success and influence in the international arena,” Dehqan said on Friday.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly session on Tuesday, Netanyahu threatened unilateral military action against Iran to dismantle the Islamic Republic’s civilian nuclear facilities.
He repeated his baseless accusation that Tehran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons, saying, “If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”
The majority of the American people favor dialog with Iran rather than military action, said Iran’s defense chief.
A recent national poll in the United States shows that 75 percent of Americans favor direct diplomatic negotiations with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program.
Dehqan said Iran’s stance on the standoff over its nuclear energy program is completely logical, transparent and in keeping with international laws and regulations.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran … believes that with a willing opposite side it is possible to gain good results and achievements which will serve our interests and allay the unwarranted concerns of the other side in order to resolve the nuclear issue within the framework of relevant laws and regulations regardless of political hue and cry and objectives,” Dehqan pointed out.
The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.
Tehran has categorically rejected the allegation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop 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 the Iranian nuclear program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.