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Iran Says Shameful To Ignore Israel Nuclear Admission December 16, 2006

Posted by notapundit in World News.

VIENNA (AP)–It is shameful for the world to turn a blind eye to an apparent Israeli admission that it has nuclear weapons, a senior Iranian official said Friday.

“This week the prime minister of Israel has announced that they are possessing nuclear weapons… and now you see the officials, the governments of the whole world, the Europeans, are not talking, they’re silent,” said Ali Ashgar Soltanieh, the chief Iranian representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency. “This is very shameful. Very, very shameful.”

To make his point, Soltanieh recalled how on the final day of an IAEA meeting in September, the U.S. and Europeans – including France, Germany and the U.K. – blocked a vote on a resolution labeling Israel’s nuclear capabilities a threat.

“What they hell they are doing? They even stopped and opposed a resolution that it is a concern of (the) international community that Israel has a nuclear capability,” Soltanieh said during a question and answer session at a public event sponsored by the Austrian Institute for International Affairs.

In an interview aired in Germany this week, Olmert appeared to include Israel in a list of nuclear states – a comment interpreted by many as an unprecedented admission that Israel has nuclear arms.

Iran is a chief critic of Israel, accusing it of being the main threat to peace in the Middle East.
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad aroused worldwide condemnation when he called for Israel to be “wiped off the map” and for hosting a conference in Tehran this week on whether or not the Holocaust actually happened.

While Iran says its nuclear program is intended only for peaceful purposes, the U.S., its European allies and Israel fear it is striving to develop nuclear weapons.

Soltanieh also said the purpose of this week’s Holocaust conference was to “let the people talk and review the history to see what has happened.”

“We also want to have the right to ask questions,” he said, adding later that there were Jews in Iran’s parliament and that Iran was an excellent example of the coexistence of “divine religions.”


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