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Published: 0940 GMT September 28, 2018

Iran calls Netanyahu's claims at UN an 'obscene charge'

Iran calls Netanyahu's claims at UN an 'obscene charge'

International Desk

Iran's foreign minister on Friday denounced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's allegations against Tehran at the UN General Assembly as an "obscene charge".

The response came after Netanyahu on Thursday claimed at the General Assembly that Iran has a "secret atomic warehouse" on Tehran's outskirts and challenged UN inspectors to examine it.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif called Netanyahu a "liar who would not stop lying," IRNA reported.

Zarif said Israeli is in no position to level such accusations against Tehran.

“Netanyahu must explain how Israel, as the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East region, can put itself in a position to level such brazen accusations against a country whose [nuclear] program has been repeatedly declared peaceful by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” Zarif said.

Zarif said Netanyahu’s move is only aimed at deflecting attention from the fact that the Israeli regime is "the biggest threat to the Middle East" given that he stands by a nuclear weapons facility and threatens other states with atomic annihilation.

"The Tel Aviv regime will never manage to achieve anything by playing such games,” the Iranian foreign minister added.

“We have seen in recent days the extent of the US' isolation at the UN General Assembly and the Security Council as a result of the policies Netanyahu has imposed on Washington. Now imagine how isolated the Israelis themselves are when they have managed to haul the US into such isolation," Zarif stated.

The 2015 nuclear deal saw Iran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Iran long has denied seeking nuclear weapons and asserted that its program is for peaceful purposes only.

In May, US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal, in part due to Tehran's ballistic missile program, its presence in the Mideast and its support of resistance groups like Hezbollah. The Trump administration has also been re-imposing sanctions on Iran, plunging its economy further into a downward spiral.

Zarif also tweeted that Israel's the only one with an "undeclared" nuclear weapons program in the region and that it should open it to international inspectors.

"No arts & craft show will ever obfuscate that Israel is only regime in our region with a (asterisk) secret (asterisk) and (asterisk) undeclared (asterisk) nuclear weapons program – including an (asterisk) actual atomic arsenal (asterisk). Time for Israel to fess up and open its illegal nuclear weapons program to international inspectors," Zarif said on his Twitter account.

The spokesman of the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Bahram Qasemi, said Netanyahu's accusation was "not worth talking about."

"These farcical claims and the show by the prime minister of the occupying regime (Israel) were not unexpected," Qasemi added.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, mocked Netanyahu, saying the Israeli Prime Minister must have been badly advised by some people.

Netanyahu is known for showmanship at the UN General Assembly. In 2012, he famously held up a cartoon of a bomb before the UN audience while discussing Iran's nuclear program.

Netanyahu made a similarly splashy accusation in May, saying Israeli agents spirited away a "half ton" of documents regarding Iran's nuclear program from a facility in Tehran's Shourabad neighborhood.

AP and Press TV contributed to this story.


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