|Netanyahu’s anger signifies Iran’s political success: defense chief||
TEHRAN – The Iranian defense minister has said that the furious and warmongering statements by the Israeli prime minister reflect Iran’s political success and influence in the world.
Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan made the remarks on Friday after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened Iran with military strike and also dismissed President Hassan Rouhani’s recent diplomatic overtures as a disingenuous “charm offensive.”
Netanyahu told a UN summit on Tuesday that Israel was ready to act alone against Iran, saying, “Israel will not allow Iran to get nuclear weapons. If Israel is forced to stand alone, Israel will stand alone.”
General Dehqan commented on Netanyahu’s statements and said, “The (Israeli) regime is too weak to dare make such an audacious move.”
In his speech to the annual UN General Assembly, Rouhani had offered constructive dialogue with the West in a bid to ease tensions over the country’s nuclear program, saying that Iran was ready to engage in substantive negotiations with world powers to end the decade-old deadlock.
His charm offensive concluded in a 15-minute phone call with U.S. President Barack Obama, the first such contact between the presidents of the two countries in more than three decades.
Dehqan went on to say that Iran is pursuing nuclear energy for peaceful purposes, saying, “Iran’s stance on the nuclear issue is totally logical, transparent and based on international law.”
“The Islamic Republic of Iran believes that good results can be achieved to resolve the nuclear dispute in the framework of relevant laws and regulations which can serve our national interests and allay the other side’s baseless concerns, regardless of the uproar and political objectives,” he stated.
In his recent warmongering rhetoric, Netanyahu said on Thursday that Iran was working on intercontinental ballistic missiles that could one day hit the United States.
“They’re not developing those ICBMs for us. They can reach us with what they have. It’s for you,” he told CBS News.
The United States, Israel, and some of their allies accuse Iran of pursuing military objectives in its nuclear energy program.
However, the International Atomic Energy Agency has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Iran’s civilian nuclear program has been diverted to nuclear weapons production.
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