Mon, 04 Dec 2023

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency decried the West's "double-standards" in dealing with the Israeli regime's nuclear weapons, urging the UN nuclear agency to address the issue in a serious manner, as called by the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Addressing a seasonal meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors in Vienna on Friday, Reza Najafi strongly condemned the Tel Aviv regime's atomic program, warning the West against its selective approach towards the threat.

He also urged the Western countries to stop cooperation with Israel in transferring nuclear materials and equipment to the regime, and warned against the negative consequences of such measures for the regional security and for sustainability of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Najafi also denounced the Israeli regime for ignoring the international community's calls and for pushing ahead with its military nuclear plans, which benefit from the West's blind support and violate the whole international regulations brazenly.

The UN has repeatedly called on Israel to join the NPT, under which it would disarm and place its nuclear materials under international inspection. But all of them have gone unheeded.

Israel is believed to possess an arsenal of at least 80 nuclear warheads that are ignored by Western powers.

A probe of Israeli warheads has been delayed by the United States for too long.

According to March 2015 emails by former US secretary of state Colin Powell leaked in September, Israel has 200 nuclear weapons "targeted on Tehran."

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