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Foreign ministry issues statement on US, Israeli threats against Iran

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Oct 29, IRNA
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement here Saturday on the renewed threats hurled by US and Zionist regime officials against Iran, and asked the UN Security Council to act on such threats with appropriate measures.

The statement also pointed to recent remarks made by US Vice- President Dick Cheney and the Zionist regime's officials on the possibility of using force against Iran, and said "the Iranian nation and the world at large asks the Security Council how many sessions it has held to investigate and act on similar threats against UN member states and whether it has passed appropriate resolutions condemning these threats."
It called on the UN Security Council to condemn the "repeated crimes" of the Zionist regime, in particular, the "massacre and terror of the Palestinians."
"If the Security Council is not able to redress the grievances of the Palestinian nation for whatever reason, it should at least pass the appropriate resolution to condemn the repeated commission, particularly in recent days, of crimes such as the bombardment of Palestinian areas and houses and the massacre of innocent women and children upon the clear order of this terrorist regime."
The statement further said that the position of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the situation in the Occupied Territories has been clearly stated before the 60th session of the UN General Assembly by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to wit:
"In Palestine, a durable peace will be possible through justice, an end to discrimination and occupation of Palestinian lands, the return of all Palestinian refugees, and the establishment of a democratic Palestinian state with Al-Qods al-Sharif as its capital." The Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to its obligations under the United Nations Charter and has never used or threatened to use force against any other state.

Regrettably, the UN Security Council has a bleak record in responding to aggression and the use of force against Iran by Saddam Hussein as well as on the repeated threats of Israel and some permanent members of the Security Council who enjoy the unlawful `option' of using threat or the use of force as an instrument of national policy.

Following the US attack and invasion of Iraq in March 2003, leading global media outlets published news on the possibility of an Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear sites based on sources in the Zionist regime. Senior officials of the regime did not deny these news.

The ministry's statement cited reported cases as follows:
1. Israel Radio announced on February 20, 2004 that the regime's F16 fighters could target all parts of Iran.

2. Scotland On Sunday newspaper on November 24, 2003 wrote:
Israeli officials told the United States they were ready to attack Iran like it did in the case of Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981.

3. The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel, in a report on October 11, 2003, said the Israeli Air Force was ready to attack the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), adding the force had completed a plan to attack Iran's facilities upon an order of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

4. Washington Post on August 17, 2003 published a report on a meeting held between Sharon and US President George W. Bush during which the Israeli premier called for a US attack on Iran's nuclear power plant in Bushehr.

5. The New York Sun newspaper on October 8, 2005 said threats by the Israel prime minister against Iran were among the best news it had covered.

6. `Los Angeles Times' in a report on October 24, 2005 wrote about the possibility of a US attack on Iran, saying Sharon and his senior assistants in recent months had used ambiguous but precise words tantamount to a threat to resort to force.

7. Austrian `Die Presse' daily on April 13, 2005 wrote: Israel revealed the United States would use military means to put a stop to Iran's atomic programs.

8. Saudi newspaper Al-Watan on August 14, 2005 said segments of the Zionist regime's Air Force were ready to attack Iran's nuclear facilities.

9. Turkey's `Milliyet' daily on September 24, 2005 said an Israeli parliamentary delegation which visited the United States called for an attack on Iran.

10. The Arab-language Al-Jazeera TV channel on February 22, 2005 said Israel Air Force Commander-in-Chief Major General Eliezer Shakedi urged Ariel Sharon to keep the regime's armed forces on alert for an attack on Iran.

11. Israel's Haaretz newspaper on November 24, 2003 quoted Israeli Defense Minister Shaol Mofaz as claiming Israel would bombard Iran if necessary. He, morover, said that after Iraq and Afghanistan, the United States has two other important missions -- Iran and Syria.

12. Reuters on April 29, 2003 said: Israeli Ambassador to Washington Danny Ayalon called for a regime change in Iran and Syria.

13. According to the IRNA bureau in New York, Vice-President Dick Cheney on January 31, 2005, in a telephone conversation, talked about the possibility of an Israeli military attack on Iran, and that it was a concern that the Zionist regime may attack Iran although it was not demanded to do so.

The above-reported cases are among the clear instances of the use of threats by the Zionist regime and certain permanent members of the Security Council against the Islamic Republic and certain Muslim countries of the region in recent years to achieve desired ends.


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