Iran to ‘Prove’ US Provides Israel with Nuclear Arms
Iran will soon release documents proving that the United States has supplied Israel with nuclear weapons, said Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Saeed Jalili.
"Based on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), proliferation of nuclear weapons should be prevented. There is a main question in the Muslim world aboutt where the Zionist regime [of Israel] has obtained its nuclear weapons from," was quoted as saying Monday, according to the semi-official Iranian Press TV.
Using the usual adjective “Zionist” for Israel, a country that Hamas and Iran do not call by name, Jalili stated, "The Zionist regime and those who provided it with nuclear arms should answer this question.”
He claimed that the United States has transferred nuclear material to Israel, which has declared “nuclear ambiguity,” meaning it has not said one way or the other whether the country possesses nuclear weapons. Most analysts estimate that Israel has approximately 200 nuclear warheads.
Jalili accused the international community of harassing Iran over its nuclear defense program, including the issue of nuclear centrifuges, in order to overshadow other issues, such as Israel’s nuclear capability.
Roger Cohen of The New York Times wrote on Monday, "Iranian President Mahmoud] Ahmadinejad is a one-trick pony. His thing is double standards. Ask about the Iranian nuclear program, he’ll retort with Israel’s undeclared nuclear arsenal.
“I’m with Mark Fitzpatrick of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, who this year told the Washington Post: ‘Iran will muddle along building its stockpile but never making a nuclear bomb because it knows that crossing that line would provoke an immediate military attack.’ The Islamic Republic is a study in muddle but a fairly lucid over a single goal: self-preservation.”
Iran has denied it is producing nuclear arms and continues to claim its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.