Iran says Israel is ‘biggest threat’ to world peace
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Iran says Israel is ‘biggest threat’ to world peace

Foreign ministry spokesman dismisses as 'nonsense' Trump and Netanyahu's pledge to curb Tehran's nuclear program

In this Dec. 29, 2016 file photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran. (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP, File)
In this Dec. 29, 2016 file photo, released by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), a long-range S-200 missile is fired in a military drill in the port city of Bushehr, on the northern coast of Persian Gulf, Iran. (Amir Kholousi, ISNA via AP, File)

Iran said Thursday that Israel’s atomic arsenal is the biggest danger to world peace, a day after US President Donald Trump vowed to prevent Iran developing a nuclear weapon.

Israel is the “biggest threat to the peace and security in the region and the world,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

Trump had warned Wednesday after meeting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington that the “threat of Iran’s nuclear ambitions” was one of the major security challenges facing Israel.

The US president told reporters that he would do “more to prevent Iran from ever developing — I mean ever — a nuclear weapon.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump seen during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C. wher they discussed curbing the Iran nuclear threat on February 15, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump seen during a joint press conference at the White House in Washington, D.C. wher they discussed curbing the Iran nuclear threat on February 15, 2017. (Avi Ohayon/Flash90)

But Ghasemi dismissed the comments by Trump and Netanyahu comments as “nonsense.”

“The bitter truth is that these unjust claims are being repeated by the Zionist regime that doesn’t abide by any international laws and has hundreds of warheads in its atomic arsenal,” Ghasemi said, referring to Israel.

Ghasemi said the United Nations’ atomic watchdog had repeatedly confirmed the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

Israel is believed to be the Middle East’s sole nuclear power but it has long refused to confirm or deny that it has such weapons.

A war of words has been escalating between Tehran and Washington since even before Trump took office in January.

Under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, the US and five other world powers reached a 2015 deal with Iran to lift sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)

Trump himself has repeatedly denounced the historic accord as “one of the worst deals I’ve ever seen.”

Netanyahu has warned that the deal will expire too soon to permanently remove the threat.

Iran has consistently denied seeking nuclear weapons, saying its activities are exclusively for peaceful purposes such as power generation.

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