Iran Seeks Condemnation of Israeli Nukes
By EDITH M. LEDERER
UNITED NATIONS (AP) - Iran demanded Tuesday that the U.N. Security Council
condemn what it said was Israel's clandestine development of nuclear weapons
and "compel" it to place all its nuclear facilities under U.N. inspection.
action" under Chapter 7 of the U.N. Charter which authorizes a range of
measures from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military action.
energy, but the
real aim in enriching uranium is to produce nuclear weapons. The Security
Council is currently debating a resolution that would impose sanctions on
and the secretary-general that the council's actions would show whether it
was acting under the U.N. Charter or as "a tool" for a few permanent members
who have encouraged
The reference appeared aimed at the
which would almost certainly veto any council resolution on
Zarif said that
weapons-free zone in the
to confirm or deny whether it has them. But in the German TV interview
broadcast Dec. 12, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert listed
that possess nuclear weapons.
Olmert's comments - which his office said were misinterpreted - came days
after Robert Gates, who took over Monday as
testimony to a Senate committee that
The Iranian ambassador insisted in the letters, obtained by the Associated
Press, that Olmert's comments were a clear admission that
nuclear weapons in violation of international law, the U.N. Charter and
numerous Security Council and General Assembly resolutions.