Iran Calls on UNSC to Deal with Israeli Nuclear Capabilities

A01399763.jpgTEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- Iran late on Tuesday called on the Security Council to shoulder its responsibility and deal with the Israeli nuclear capabilities in a firm manner, now that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has gone public admitting it.

In a letter to council president, Qatar, Iranian envoy Javad Zarif said the council “should fulfill its Charter-based responsibility to address such a clear and serious threat to international peace and security, and take prompt and appropriate actions accordingly.”

Zarif began his letter referring to the public admission of Israeli clandestine development and possession of nuclear weapons by Olmert in an interview with a German TV station earlier this month.

He said the council’s inaction over the past several decades in addressing this issue has given the audacity to Olmert, not only to explicitly acknowledge possession of such weapons, but also to boast about it.

“The council should condemn Israeli regime’s clandestine development and possession of nuclear weapons, compel it to abandon nuclear weapons, urge it to accede to the NPT without delay, and demand this regime to place promptly all its nuclear facilities under IAEA full-scope safeguards,” he said.

“Should the Israeli regime fail to do so,” he suggested, “the council must take resolute action under Chapter 7 of the Charter to ensure compliance,” he continued.

“Peace and stability cannot be achieved in the Middle East while the massive Israeli nuclear arsenal continues to threaten the region and beyond,” he warned.

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