Iran urges UN to condemn Israel

Teheran's UN ambassador: Olmert's warnings against nuclear program violate international law.

Ahmadinejad 224 ap (photo credit: )
Ahmadinejad 224 ap
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Iran urged the UN Security Council on Wednesday to condemn Israel and demand that it immediately stop threatening to use military force against the country's nuclear program. In a letter to the council, Iran's UN Ambassador Muhammad Khazee referred to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's warning on January 14 that all options were on the table when it came to keeping Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. It was Olmert's clearest sign yet that he would be willing to use force to counter what Israel sees as a threat to its existence. Ahmadinejad has denied the Holocaust and said Israel should be "wiped off the map." Khazee insisted in the letter that Iran's nuclear program was peaceful, and called Israel's threats "unacceptable and unjustifiable." He said the threats were also a "flagrant violation" of international law and the UN Charter, which calls on countries to refrain "from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any state."