Foreign minister says Israel ‘crying wolf,’ points to 2002 deposition in which prime minister urged Congress to remove Iraq’s Hussein; UN envoy accuses US of breaking NPT
By Raphael Ahren and TOI Staff
Source: The Times of Israel (TOI)
Iran responded furiously to Israel’s revelation that it uncovered a Previously unknown nuclear facility, accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of marching to war at all costs.
In a televised address Monday, Netanyahu said Tehran had conducted experiments in the pursuit of nuclear weapons at the secret nuclear facility in central Iran, violating the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.
“He & #B_Team just want a war, no matter innocent blood & another $7 TRILLION,” he added, referring to Netanyahu, US National Security Adviser John Bolton, Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and Abu Dhabi crown prince Mohammed Bin Zayed.
Zarif also tweeted a 2002 video of Netanyahu speaking to Congress about what he claims will be the positive effects of removing Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from power, and a newspaper report from 1986 on Israel’s alleged secret nuclear arsenal.
The possessor of REAL nukes cries wolf—on an ALLEGED “demolished” site in Iran
He & #B_Team just want a war, no matter innocent blood & another $7 TRILLION
Remember his “GUARANTEE” of “positive reverberations” in ’02?
This time, he assuredly won’t be on the sidelines watching. pic.twitter.com/LsR6PYkZZs
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) September 9, 2019
Iran on Monday also accused the United States of violating the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by modernizing its nuclear weapons instead of moving toward disarmament.
Iran’s Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi cited progress in achieving a universal ban on nuclear explosions and the broader objective of nuclear disarmament but said “unfortunately, currently, there are two alarming races: new nuclear arms race and nuclear arms modernization race.”
He told Monday’s UN General Assembly’s commemoration of the International Day Against Nuclear Tests that “irresponsible policies” like those of the US “are detrimental to all international efforts towards nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation, and therefore must come to an end.”
Ravanchi stressed that voluntary moratoriums on nuclear testing “cannot substitute for a comprehensive universal and verifiable legally binding prohibition on all types of nuclear explosions, including in alternative ways.”
He urged redoubled effort to pursue “the noble objective of the total elimination of nuclear weapons.”
Iran is widely believed to have sought a nuclear weapon before agreeing to curb enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief in 2015.
Responding to criticism that Netanyahu had revealed the existence of the third nuclear facility in Iran one week before the elections for political reasons, a diplomatic source said officials at professional levels recommended that he reveal the information immediately, following Monday’s press conference by the head of the IAEA.
He was also speaking days after US President Donald Trump said it was “possible” that he would meet with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani.