Iran urges more international pressure on Israel after threat of nuking Gaza
Iran’s permanent ambassador to the UN has called on the international community to push Israel to dismantle its nuclear weapons program, after an Israeli minister threatened a nuclear attack on Gaza.
Amir Saeed Iravani, in a letter to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, described as a “matter of utmost concern” the Israeli threat of using nuclear weapons against the vulnerable and innocent civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.
It came after Israel’s so-called heritage minister Amichai Eliyahu said using an atomic bomb against Palestinians in Gaza was “one of the possibilities” and insisted that allowing any humanitarian aid into the blockaded area was wrong.
Underling that it was the second time in just two months that senior Israeli officials had resorted to the threat of using nuclear weapons, Iravani said the regime’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu also made explicit threats regarding the use of such weapons against Iran in his address at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in September.
“The use or even the mere threat of nuclear weapons, irrespective of the circumstances or the responsible party, constitutes a flagrant violation not only of international law but also of the fundamental principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter,” the Iranian envoy said.
Israel, which pursues a policy of deliberate ambiguity about possessing nuclear weapons, is estimated to harbor 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal, making it the sole possessor of non-conventional arms in West Asia.
The regime has, nevertheless, refused to either allow inspections of its military nuclear facilities or sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Israel waged the war on Gaza on October 7 after Palestinian resistance groups launched a surprise attack, dubbed Operation Al-Aqsa Storm, into the occupied territories in response to the Israeli regime’s intensified crimes against Palestinians.
According to the Gaza-based health ministry, at least 10,328 Palestinians have been killed in the strikes, most of them women and children, while nearly 26,000 others have been injured.