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Lawmaker: Israel War Rhetoric, Outdated Strategy

Service : Politic
TEHRAN, June 5 (ICANA) – An Iranian lawmaker lashes out at Israel for making hollow threats about joint international action against Iran, saying Israel's military threats are an “outdated” strategy.
Sunday, June 05, 2011 12:56:17 PM
Lawmaker: Israel War Rhetoric, Outdated Strategy

“The Zionist regime (Israel) has always announced that all options, including military strike on Iran, are on the table. This outdated strategy emanates from a barbaric and savage thought among officials of the regime,” a member of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Ali Aqazadeh Dafsari told Mehr news agency on Saturday.

He added that Israel is making “unfounded” threats against Iran and pointed out that such moves are aimed at deceiving the world public opinion in a bid to instigate the claim that Iran's nuclear activities are not peaceful.

The Iranian legislator also stated that Israel is making efforts to spread Iranophobia in the region and across the world.

He noted that in cooperation with certain Western countries, Israeli officials seize every opportunity to make such repeated claims that Iran is a threat to the region and the world.

Aqazadeh dismissed accusations against Iran's peaceful nuclear program, saying, “Iran's membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) indicates the country's commitment (to carry out peaceful nuclear activities).”

He emphasized that the Islamic Republic would neither pay heed to Israel's threats nor make any change in its peaceful nuclear program.

The Iranian lawmaker's remarks came after Israeli Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon said last Monday that the world must take joint action to halt Iran's nuclear activities, including a pre-emptive strike, if necessary.

The former chief of staff of the Israeli army called on the world to realize what he called “nuclear threat posed by Iran” and noted that it could conduct a “pre-emptive strike” on Tehran.

Israel, widely believed to be the sole possessor of a nuclear arsenal in the Middle East with over 200 undeclared nuclear warheads, pursues the policy of "deliberate ambiguity" on its nuclear program.

Tel Aviv has rejected global demands to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and does not allow IAEA inspectors to observe its controversial nuclear program.

Iran has repeatedly and vehemently rejected unverified Western allegations that it is pursuing a military nuclear program, insisting that as a member of the IAEA and a signatory to the NPT, it has every right to engage in nuclear activities for all peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has been regularly conducting rigorous inspections of Iran's nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence of Iran's diversion from a civilian nuclear program.

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