Iran's FM denounces Israel's nuke arsenal as "biggest threat" to Mideast

Source: Xinhua| 2018-09-28 19:03:55|Editor: Yurou
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TEHRAN, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Israel's nuclear arsenal is the "biggest threat" to the security of Middle East, official IRNA news agency reported on Friday.

Zarif made the comment after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of holding a "secret atomic warehouse" during his speech at the UN conference on Thursday.

Netanyahu presented what he claimed to be an aerial photo of a previously unknown nuclear facility in Iran's capital Tehran, saying the 2015 nuclear deal enabled Iran to continue its attempts to build nuclear weapons.

"The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has repeatedly announced that Iran's nuclear program is peaceful," Zarif told IRNA.

"Netanyahu must explain how Israel, as the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East region, can put itself in a position to level such brazen accusations against a country whose (nuclear) program has been repeatedly declared as peaceful by the IAEA," Zarif was quoted as saying.

Netanyahu's move is only aimed at deflecting attention from the fact that Israel is "the biggest threat to the Middle East," as it has a nuclear weapons facility and threatens other states with atomic annihilation, Zarif said according to Press TV.

"It (Israel) will never manage to achieve anything by playing such games," he added.