Iran asks U.N. to condemn Israeli nuclear program following airstrike

Iran‘s ambassador to the United Nations has asked the world body to condemn Israeli threats against Tehran and to bring Israel‘s nuclear program under its supervision in letters to UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the Security Council.

Gholam Ali Khoshrou, Iran‘s ambassador to the United Nations, has asked the United Nations to force Israel to join the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty and bring its nuclear program under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a UN atomic watchdog, Iranian state television reported. 

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Iran‘s condemnation follows an Israeli air strike Wednesday on a Syrian military facility which housed weapons systems that were about to be transferred to Hezbollah in Lebanon from Iran, according to the IDF Spokesperson‘s Unit.

— Javad Zarif ()

In August, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif derided Israel for possessing "the only nuclear bombs in our region," along with the United States, calling "the former a habitual aggressor and the latter the sole user of nukes."

Israel is trying to lobby world powers to follow the US in exiting their 2015 deal with Iran, which capped the Islamic Republic’s nuclear capabilities in return for lifting of sanctions.

The Israelis deem the agreement insufficient for denying their arch-foe the means to eventually get the bomb – something that Tehran, which is a signatory to the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty, denies wanting.

Herb Keinon and Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.

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