Israel reinforcing nuclear sites due to threats from Iran

Marco Green
September 22, 2018

In a letter penned to the body's security council by Iran ambassador Gholamali Khoshrou, he said: "The United Nations' members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firm actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons".

At an IAEA conference in Vienna on Tuesday, the director-general of the Israel Atomic Energy Commission slammed Iran for its threats against Israeli nuclear facilities.

Israel itself has been a leading critic of Iran's nuclear program, urging signatories to the 2015 worldwide deal meant to limit Tehran's nuclear development to quit the accord, following the United States withdrawal, and to reimpose sanctions.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a secluded Israeli atomic reactor weeks ago to warn the nation's enemies he had the means to wipe them out in an apparent reference to the country's nuclear arsenal.

Since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has called for Israel's destruction.

"These outrageous threats require Israel to take action and continue to protect and defend its nuclear facilities".

The leader of Israel's atomic energy program also called for a concerted worldwide effort against Iran and Syrian nuclear development sites, following a request from Iran for the United Nations to condemn and supervise Israel's nuclear development.

Israel, which is outside the NPT, neither confirms nor denies having the bomb, a decades-old ambiguity policy that it says keeps hostile neighbours in check while avoiding the kind of public provocations that can spark regional arms races.

After Israeli lobbying, the U.S. earlier this year withdrew from the landmark nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in July 2015.

In addition to highlighting Israeli preparedness for strikes from the Islamic Republic, Snir also challenged the IAEA to investigate Iran's secret nuclear activities. "The covert Iranian nuclear weapons program is a documented fact", he added.

Snir said the IAEA must conduct a robust verification of Iran's "clandestine activities" and also of an undeclared, secretive military nuclear reactor that he said Syria has built at Dair Alzour. Tehran backs the Lebanese militia Hezbollah and the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas.

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