Iran on Saturday rejected Israel’s threats over the country’s nuclear program, implying that a regime that possesses atomic bombs cannot comment on the activities of a member of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“Outlaw Israeli regime – sitting on illicit nukes & refusing to join NPT – again threatens NPT member Iran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted.
Khatibzadeh made the remark after Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid accused Tehran of “marching towards a nuclear weapon,” and said, “Israel will act” if the world failed to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear capabilities.
The spokesman noted that Iran’s nuclear program is “the world's most inspected”.
"The West's darling (Israel) is a habitual extorter. But the world has woken up to its destabilizing nature," he added.
Khatibzadeh warned that “Iran reserves the right to respond” to any Israeli act against the Islamic Republic.
Israel, which has refused to allow inspections of its nuclear facilities or sign the NPT, pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about its nuclear weapons and is estimated to have stockpiled 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, Press TV wrote.
As stipulated in Article VI of the NPT, all parties to the treaty are obliged to pursue good-faith negotiations on effective measures with regard to nuclear disarmament and the cessation of nuclear arms race.
Iran has previously affirmed that the country’s nuclear activities are entirely in line with its commitments under the NPT and a 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).