Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:51AM
Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani

Iran’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani says Israel spreads anti-Iran propaganda with the aim of diverting public attention from Tel Aviv’s crimes, including its settlement activities. While, over the past 65 years, it has been a consensus of the international community that the Palestinian issue is the main problem of the Middle East, the Zionist regime and its supporter, the US, seek to disrupt the Security Council agenda about Israeli crimes, in particular its settlements and the freezing of Palestinian tax revenues, and divert attention to Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, Dehqani said at a UN Security Council meeting on the Middle East on Wednesday. The more ridiculous thing is that the regime that is leveling unfounded allegations against Iran’s peaceful nuclear program is itself the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, Dehqani added in response to accusations by the Israeli delegation at the meeting. He described Israel’s nukes and its record of terrorism and aggression as the main source of concern for the Middle Eastern countries and added, the regime’s attempts to conceal its aggressive measures behind unfounded allegations against Iran reveal it to anyone that Israel uses anti-Iran propaganda as a smokescreen to mask its acts and to divert public opinion from its crimes. Dehqani, speaking on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), condemned Israel’s aggressions including its increased settlement activities as a violation of international law and UN resolutions. He also condemned Israel’s measure to withhold Palestinians’ tax revenues as a collective punishment aimed at worsening their economic situation. The NAM condemns such measures by Israel and calls on the UN Security Council to fulfill its obligations under the UN Charter to restore global peace and security, in particular towards the Palestinian issue, he said. Earlier this month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described Iran’s nuclear energy program as "the problem of the world" in an attempt to downplay the illegal Israeli settlement expansion. This is while Tel Aviv’s new settlement policies have drawn international criticism and condemnation. Many countries, including some of Israel’s allies, have censured the latest Israeli plans to construct more settler units in the occupied Palestinian territories. The United States, Israel and some of their allies have falsely accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program. Iran has vehemently rejected the allegation, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to use nuclear technology for peaceful objectives. AR/HJL/MA
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