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Thu Oct 17, 2013 8:34AM
A view of an Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona

A view of an Israeli nuclear facility in the Negev Desert outside Dimona

Iran has described nuclear-armed Israel as a menace to peace and security in the region and in the whole world, renewing calls for putting pressure on the Tel Aviv regime to join the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). The Israeli regime, as the sole non-signatory to the NPT in the Middle East, is jeopardizing regional and international peace and security and should immediately join the treaty and put all its nuclear facilities under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Iran’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN Gholam-Hossein Dehqani on Wednesday The Iranian envoy, who was addressing the UN Disarmament and International Security Committee, added that the accession of the Israeli regime to the NPT could pave the way for the realization of a Middle East free of nuclear weapons, an idea which was proposed by Iran in 1974 and continues to enjoy strong international support. On October 1, Iran was elected as the rapporteur of the UN Committee on Disarmament and International Security (First Committee), which includes all 193 UN member states. The Committee is one of the six main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations. Israel is widely believed to be the only possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East, with estimated 200-400 nuclear warheads. In its Yearbook 2012, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said that Israel possesses at least 80 “highly operational” nuclear warheads. The Israeli regime, which rejects all regulatory international nuclear agreements, maintains a policy of deliberate ambiguity over its nuclear activities and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections. AR/NN/HJL
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