Israel's atomic energy chief: J'lem can defend itself

September 19, 2012 22:39

Israel is not indifferent to "direct and blunt" Iranian threats to its existence and is "competent to deter its enemies and to defend itself," Shaul Chorev, the head of the Israeli Atomic Energy Commission, said Wednesday.

Chorev's comments came at the annual meeting of the 155-nation International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna where he said that Iran's sizeable enrichment of uranium, construction of a heavy water research reactor for military production of plutonium,  design and testing of components of nuclear weapons, and activities to integrate a payload onto the Shihab 3 missile leave no doubt as to the goal of Tehran's efforts.

"Iran's nuclear activities are conducted in violation of all relevant UN  Security Council and IAEA Board of Governors resolutions, and are carried out with impunity, as measures of the international community have no effect on Iran's nuclear program," he said.

Chorev said the Iranian fingerprints were all over Syria, where "the Syrian regime fights for its survival at a cost of tens of thousands of lives of innocent Syrian civilians."

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