Iran FM calls Israeli PM Netanyahu ‘liar, isolated’

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lying about Tehran’s nuclear program.

“We’ve seen nothing but lies from Netanyahu which are meant to deceive the global public opinion,” he told reporters in New York on Monday.

“For 22 years the Zionist regime (Israel) has been claiming that Iran will have a nuclear bomb within six months. After all this time the world should realize that these are lies.”

Iran’s foreign minister is currently in New York for the annual session of the UN General Assembly.

Zarif also described Netanyahu as the most isolated political figure in the United Nations.

“We must not allow those who have slaughtered the Palestinian nation over the past 60 years, and their atomic weapons pose a threat to the region and the world, to blackmail the international community in the name of disarmament and human rights,” the Iranian diplomat said.

He added that Israel must not get a chance to insult the world public intelligence and carry out its inhumane policies.

Zarif emphasized that Iran will not allow warmongering groups to use trumped-up charges to pursue their heinous objectives.
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israel threats against Iran, against int’l law: Algeria

The Algerian ambassador to Tehran says the Israeli regime’s war rhetoric against Iran and other regional countries is in flagrant violation of international laws and the UN Charter.

Sofiane Mimouni said on Monday that according to the United Nations Charter, any threat against a UN member state is “forbidden and unacceptable.”

Mimouni said his country continues to support Iran’s right to peaceful nuclear technology, adding that the Islamic Republic has never violated the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

“Algeria has constantly supported the legal rights of countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, to possess and use peaceful nuclear technology,” said the Algerian diplomat.

Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened Iran with a military strike, falsely claiming that Tehran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.  Continue reading

Iran Raps French FM’s Irresponsible Comments

Ramin Mehman-Parast

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehman-Parast dismissed the recent remarks by the French foreign minister on Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, and reiterated that such allegations, which have been made under political pressures, are “irresponsible”.

The Islamic Republic of Iran considered France as an advocate of the role of international organizations and their affiliated institutions, but now it seems that the French government is moving away from its traditional stands in the international arena, he stressed on Wednesday.

How can the French foreign minister speak of the danger of Iran’s access to nuclear weapons while fully ignoring the inspections of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over the past years that have rejected Iran’s diversion from peaceful purposes,” Mehman-Parast asked.

Mehman-Parast expressed the hope that Fabius would not repeat the mistakes of some former French officials who had adopted “radical and unrealistic” stands against Iran.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on October 21 that Iran looked to be on course to what he called as reaching its goal of producing nuclear weapons by mid-2013.  Continue reading

No information on Iran decision to build a nuclear bomb: Panetta

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says Washington has not yet achieved any concrete information that proves Iran is building a nuclear weapon.

“I do not have any specific information that indicates (the Iranians) have made any decision one way or another” on whether to build a nuclear weapon, Panetta told reporters on Thursday after a meeting with his Chilean counterpart Andres Allamand, AFP reported.

Panetta also pointed to the recent remarks by Israel’s military chief Lieutenant General Benny Gantz describing Iran’s leadership as “very rational” and expressed hope his statements were “correct.”

In an interview with the Israeli daily Haaretz published on Wednesday, Gantz said the Iranian leadership “is composed of very rational people” who are not likely to make a decision to manufacture a nuclear bomb.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program. Washington and Tel Aviv have time and again threatened Tehran with the “option” of a military strike against its civilian nuclear facilities.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence indicating that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.

Source: Press TV

’’Israeli’’ Commander: No Ability to Hit Iranian Nuclear Program Meaningfully

The escalated US-“Israeli” tone against the Islamic Republic is witnessing a major reiteration.

A senior “Israeli” War Forces commander has announced Thursday that “”Israel” is unable to attack Iran’s nuclear program in a meaningful way.”

In an interview with “Time Magazine”, the “Israeli” official unveiled that the “Israeli” War Forces commander presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a gloomy assessment last fall concerning Iran.

“I informed the cabinet we have no ability to hit the Iranian nuclear program in a meaningful way,” the official quoted the senior commander as saying. “If I get the order I will do it, but we don’t have the ability to hit in a meaningful way.”

The “Israeli” official told “Time”, that according to an estimate by the Atomic Energy Commission, “Israel” will only be able to push back Iran’s nuclear program by several months to a year, after taking into account the wide geographic dispersion of Tehran’s nuclear facilities and the limits of “Israel’s air force.

Source: Moqawama

Obama warned of dumb war with Iran

US President Barack Obama for yet another “dumb war”?
A group of former US intelligence officials have issued a memorandum to US President Barack Obama, advising him against starting another long “dumb war”, this time against Iran.

“Another Long War is not in America’s or Israel’s interests, whatever Israel’s apologists claim,” US Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) wrote in the letter published on the consortiumnews.com website on Wednesday.

In 2002, Obama, then a fierce opponent of the war, delivered a speech lambasting the Iraq war as “dumb,” “rash,” and a “cynical attempt” by the George W. Bush administration to “shove their own ideological agendas down our throats.”

The intelligence officials said the militarists, who “represent one Muslim country after another as major threats to US security,” this time are using a “dubious report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)” to portray Iran as a major threat to the US.

The White House has stepped up its anti-Iran war rhetoric after the IAEA released a report in November, accusing Tehran of activities aimed at developing nuclear weapons before 2003 and speculating that these activities “may still be ongoing”.

Iran, however, has categorically refuted the allegations as “baseless”, saying that as a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and a member of the IAEA it has the right to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The accusations come despite the fact that the IAEA makes regular inspection visits to Iran’s nuclear facilities and has TV cameras monitoring those facilities around the clock.  Continue reading