DHAKA: Iran has lodged a complaint with the UN Security Council, accusing Israel of warmongering remarks that contradict international law, Iran`s Fars News Agency reported on Saturday.
In a letter delivered to the UN Security Council on Friday, Iranian UN envoy Mohammad Khazayee said that comments made by Israeli defence minister Ehud Barak on a potential attack against Iran’s nuclear sites ‘are considered as violation of the basic principles of the UN Charter, international rules and a move against the global endeavors to foster regional and international peace and security’, according to Fars.
Khazayee added in the letter that Barak’s ‘baseless’ remarks about Iran’s pursuing of nuclear weapons were made by an official of a regime which threatens international and regional peace with its nuclear arsenal.
Iran’s reiteration that its nuclear program is peaceful came as both the UN nuclear watchdog and an influential US think tank suggested otherwise over the weekend.
Iran has significantly stepped up its output of low-enriched uranium and total production in the last five years would be enough for at least five nuclear weapons if refined much further, a US security institute said Saturday.
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS), a think-tank which tracks Iran’s nuclear programme closely, based the analysis on data in the latest report by the UN International Atomic Energy Agency which was issued on Friday.
Progress in Iran’s nuclear activities is closely watched by the West and Israel as it could determine how long it could take Tehran to build atomic bombs, if it decided to do so.
Iran denies any plan to and says its aims are entirely peaceful.
During talks in Baghdad this week, six world powers failed to convince Iran to scale back its uranium enrichment programme.
They will meet again in Moscow next month to try to defuse a decade-old standoff that has raised fears of a new war in the Middle East that could disrupt oil supplies.
BDST: 2035 HRS, May 26, 2012
Edited by Robab Rosan, Cultural Affairs Editor
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