News ID: 279155
Published: 0240 GMT January 06, 2021

Iran urges IAEA to address Israel’s secretive nuclear program

Iran urges IAEA to address Israel’s secretive nuclear program
The photo shows a partial view of Israel’s Dimona nuclear power plant in Negev desert.

Iran’s ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations urged the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to address the Israel’s secret nuclear program.

In a letter to IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi, Kazem Gharibabadi urged the UN nuclear watchdog to draw the attention of all members of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to the threats posed by the regime of Israel as a result of its nuclear weapons and request them to support addressing this issue at the meetings of the agency's Board of Governors and the general conference as well as the tenth Review Conference of the NPT.

“Since all in the Middle East region, except Israeli regime, are parties to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and have undertaken to accept the Agency's comprehensive Safeguards, development of a clandestine nuclear weapon program by Israel poses a continuing serious threat not only to the security and stability of the region and the world, but also to the effectiveness and efficiency of the NPT and the Agency's safeguards regime,” Gharibabadi said. 

“Development of nuclear explosive devices of any kind by anybody should raise alarms anywhere. It should be rejected promptly and without any prejudices. Needless to say that Israel is not also a party to any of other major treaties governing weapons of mass destruction (WMD) non-proliferation,” the Iranian official said.

Referring to the NPT Resolution on the Middle East in 1995, Gharibabadi also noted that Israel’s nuclear capabilities will put regional and international peace and security at risk.

Gharibabadi added that the Israeli regime kept developing an advanced nuclear weapon program despite the resolutions adopted by the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1987 to 2010, calling upon the Zionist regime to place its nuclear facilities under the agency safeguards and to accede to the Treaty on the Non Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear weapon party, but in defiance of international calls, with clear negative impact on peace and stability in the Middle East region and beyond, the Israeli regime continues to ignore the international community by downplaying the significance of the Treaty.

Israel is widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the region with up to 400 undeclared nuclear warheads.

Tel Aviv rulers have rejected global calls to join the NPT, refusing to allow international inspectors to observe its controversial nuclear program.

Israel’s nuclear activities were uncovered when whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu, originally a technician at clandestine Dimona nuclear facility, handed overwhelming evidence of the regime’s nuclear program to Britain’s Sunday Times in 1986.




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