Regional countries ignoring Israel’s nuclear warheads: report

TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi has criticized certain regional countries who have turned a blind eye to the Israeli regime’s threats by stockpiling 200 nuclear warheads and instead have sought to portray Iran’s peaceful nuclear program as a regional threat.

Qashqavi made these remarks in an interview with Qatar's daily newspaper Al-Sharq published on Sunday.

 

Iran’s nuclear activities, which are aimed to meet the country’s growing demand for electricity, are conducted in accordance with the Non Proliferation Treaty and are closely monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Qashqavi said

 

Elsewhere in his interview, he played down any possible U.S. attack on Iran’s nuclear sites, saying Tehran did not even presume that the U.S. would wage a war against the country during the Bush administration.

 

The spokesman said the U.S has been witnessing the consequences of military attacks on Iraq and Afghanistan which were mounted under the pretext of war on terrorism.

 

He added even the former U.S. President George W. Bush, who usually made hostile remarks against Iran, was not able to wage a military strike on Iran and that Tehran does not think the new U.S. administration would want to do so.

 

On Israeli threats to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities, he said Tehran believes that Israel does not have the military capability to launch any attacks on Iran and that Israel is facing many problems from inside. However, he said Iran is prepared to face any military threats by any country.

 

In response to a question on Iran’s deployment of missile systems along the Hormoz Strait and other parts of the Persian Gulf, Qashqavi asserted that Iran’s missile capability poses no threat to other countries and it is solely aimed for defensive purposes.

 

He said it is Israel and outside powers which are posing the greatest threats to the region.

 

The diplomat insisted that Tehran seeks friendship with neighboring nations, assuring that Iran will remain the guardian of peace in the Persian Gulf region.

 

The spokesman also pointed to the current disputes over the name of Persian Gulf between Iran and some Arab neighbors, saying the term ‘Persian Gulf’ is the only official name recognized by the United Nations.

 

AA/PA

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MNA

 

 

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