TEHRAN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Ahmad Vahidi has downplayed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recent remarks against Iran at the UN General Assembly, the semi-official Fars news agency reported Saturday.
Speaking at the United Nations on Thursday, Netanyahu said a firm ultimatum should be issued to Iran to stop it from getting a nuclear weapon before next spring or early summer.
Israel crossed the red line long ago when it made tens of nuclear warheads, Vahidi was quoted as saying.
"If possession of (nuclear) bombs means crossing the red line, the Zionist regime of Israel that possesses tens of nuclear warheads and different weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has crossed the red line many years ago and ought to be confronted," said Vahidi.
"If the U.S. and Western leaders are really after defusing danger in the region and the world, they should cut relations with the dangerous Zionist regime and exert pressure and sanctions on this regime until a full dismantlement of its WMDs," he added.
Iran insists that its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, and warns that it will retaliate if it comes under an attack.
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu here on Thursday urged the world to draw a " clear red line" over Iran's nuclear program.
"At this late hour, there is only one way to peacefully prevent Iran from getting atomic bombs and that's by placing a clear red line on Iran's nuclear weapons program," Netanyahu said to the UN' s 67th session of the General Assembly's General Debate. Full story
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday accused some "hegemonic powers" of intimidating his country, citing military threats from Israel.
"Arms race and intimidation by nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction by the hegemonic powers have become prevalent," Ahmadinejad said here at the annual debate of the UN General Assembly. Full story