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12/18/06

Iran asks UN to deal with Israel's nuclear arsenal

TEHRAN, Dec. 17 (Mehr News Agency) -- Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki has rebuked the United Nations Security Council for doing nothing about Israel's nuclear arsenal.

While Western countries' threats against Iran have deafened the ears of the world, the Security Council should explain what it has done about the Zionist regime's stockpile of nuclear weapons, Mottaki told reporters at a joint press conference with his Armenian counterpart Vartan Oskanyan here on Sunday.

He stated that Israel has recently admitted that it possesses nuclear weapons, a fact which most of the world already knew, but the West is arguing that Iran could become a nuclear weapons state in the future and has launched an extensive propaganda campaign against the Islamic Republic.

While the highest-ranking Zionist official admits that his country possesses nuclear weapons, the U.S. increases its assistance to this regime, he added.

In contacts with the leaders of the Arab League, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, the United Nations, the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Islamic Republic of Iran has asked them to pay attention to the stockpile of 200 nuclear weapons in the occupied territories, Mottaki stated.

He went on to say that Tehran would regard any decision by the UN to impose sanctions on Iran as a "hostile act".

Backed by the United States, Britain, France, and Germany have drawn up a draft resolution that would impose sanctions on Iran for its uranium enrichment program.

Mottaki said any sanctions against Iran would be "ineffective". However, he expressed hope that the European Union would return to the negotiating table in order to resolve the issue in a diplomatic manner.

"We believe that the breakdown of the talks before the U.S. mid-term elections was politically motivated and therefore they should be restarted," the foreign minister added.

He also said that there are comprehensive ways for Iran and the European Union to resolve the outstanding issues and ambiguities.

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