Iran’s ambassador to the Vienna-based international organizations denounced the Zionist regime’s refusal to place its nuclear activities under the IAEA’s safeguards regime, saying the clandestine Israeli atomic program poses a serious threat to world security.
In a statement addressed to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors on Friday, Kazem Gharibabadi said the “development of a clandestine nuclear weapon program by this regime (the Zionist entity) 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.”
All in the Middle East region, except the Israeli regime, are parties to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and have undertaken to accept the Agency’s comprehensive Safeguards, he added, saying ‘Israel’ is also not a party to any other major treaties governing weapons of mass destruction (WMD).
The Iranian envoy further said despite many resolutions adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the IAEA over decades about Israeli nuclear capabilities and the associated threats, the regime regrettably continues to ignore the international community by downplaying the significance of the NPT and refusing to place all its nuclear facilities and activities under the IAEA’s comprehensive safeguards regime.
“Ironically, Israel is now even enjoying a more preferential treatment as compared with that of the nuclear weapon states, since they are members to the NPT and have several obligations specifically under Articles I and VI of the Treaty,” Gharibabadi added.
He also criticized as a “clear contradiction” the fact that ‘Israel’, a non-member to the NPT, enjoys the full rights and privileges of the IAEA due to its membership while at the same time, it considers itself free from any responsibility and participates in all deliberations of the agency related to the NPT members.
“Such a situation has given this regime the audacity to ridicule the authority and mandate of the Agency in preventing the diversion of its nuclear materials and activities,” he added, Press TV reported.
Source: Tasnim News Agency