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Nuclear response

Madam -- In relation to a letter on the Iran-Israel clash (Sunday Independent, August 26, 2012) the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly announced it has never sought to develop nuclear weapons (in accordance with its religious teachings). In fact, Iran has always sought a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

The result of more than 5,000 hours of inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency at the Iranian nuclear facilities has shown that there has not been any attempt to produce nuclear weapons. Iran is a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has fulfilled all its international obligations under the IAEA's regulations and despite the false claims of Israel and its supporters, there has not been any evidence of diversion so far. Iran has neither attacked nor started any war in the past 200 years but has always defended its rights against offenders.

There is credible evidence of the production of hundreds of nuclear warheads, chemical and biological weapons by Israel, which has the largest stockpile of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East. Israel has neither joined the NPT nor has it respected the global society's will for inspecting its nuclear facilities and has used its war machine against other countries.

The Israeli authorities have threatened military attack on Iran and they are continuing these threats which are contrary to international law. Since Israel's presence in the region (in the last six decades), the Middle East has been faced with tumultuous and insecure times.

Not a day goes by that we do not hear about Palestinians who have been murdered, tortured or intimidated by Israeli military.

Hossein Panahiazar,

Iranian Ambassador to Ireland

Sunday Independent