Iran: Olmert's comments threaten ME

Arab League calls for world pressure on Israel to submit to IAEA inspections.

December 13, 2006 16:10
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Iran: Olmert's comments threaten ME

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Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's remarks about Israel's nuclear capability constitute a real threat to the security and stability of the Middle East, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Wednesday. Ministry spokesman Muhammed Ali Hosseini was quoted as saying Olmert's comments were an attempt to create an atmosphere of fear in the region, which would serve the strategic interests of the "occupying regime."

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  • Peres: Ambiguity has achieved its goal "This confession shows the real threat to security and stability in the Middle East and it shows this regime's evil plans to carry out threats, a terror strategy and continued occupation," Hosseini said, according to the IRNA agency. "The Zionist prime minister's official confession shows clearly the military and security threat against Islamic countries," he said. "It is extremely necessary to adopt fast and efficient solutions on the UN Security Council and the Organization of the Islamic Conference and other regional organizations to combat these clear threats." Hosseini complained that Olmert's comments had been "ignored" by Israel's supporters while Iran's controversial conference on the Holocaust this week was the subject of global condemnation. "They have linked this merely scientific and academic seminar with hatred and annihilation," he said. The Arab League also called on the international community and the UN Security Council Wednesday to exert pressure on Israel to open up its nuclear facilities, in the wake of Olmert's remarks. "Pressure must be exerted on Israel through the International Atomic Energy Agency to open its nuclear facilities in a transparent manner," Muhammad Sobeih, the assistant secretary-general in charge of Palestinian affairs, told reporters. "It is essential that Israel comply with international resolutions," he said. The 22-member body called on "all states which offered assistance to Israel, particularly on the issues of uranium and heavy water to speak out without delay," Sobeih said. "Everyone knows that Israel possesses weapons of mass destruction which could reach as far as 2,000 km. and all Arab capitals are within this range," he added.

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