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Iran: Israel’s chemical and nuclear weapons should be dismantled

Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News

Jobar. Photo by A. Filatov / ANNA News

Iran’s Foreign Minister calls for a disarmament of Israel’s weapons of mass destruction.

The Foreign Minister of Iran joins the call for the disarmament of Israel’s nuclear and chemical weapons in the wake of the Russian-American agreement to put Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal under an international supervision and to destroy the chemicals from Syria and the Syrian government as well as President Bashar al-Assad seem ready and willing to comply with the Russia-US deal about their chemical stockpiles.

Further, the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has recently said that a general disarmament in the region of the Middle East would be to favour and should happen in the countries of the region. Syria’s President also mentioned in his interview with a Russian TV channel that also the Israeli government should get rid of its many chemical and nuclear weapons and that the international community should not forget about the Weapons of Mass Destructions in some specific countries when they call for a disarmament of Syria’s chemical weapons.

Of course, the double standards regarding the nuclear and chemical weapons of Israel and Syria by the so-called “Western community of values” is nothing new. While the Syrian weapons are dangerous and have to be destroyed, the Israeli nuclear and chemical weapons are rarely a topic for the international community, including the UN Security Council (UNSC).

However, that the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif calls for a disarmament of the Israel’s nuclear and chemical weapons and said that these Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) have to be dismantled is no real surprise. While it would be to favour that all countries join such a call for a general disarmament, it is already known and a fact that many do not intend to get rid of these dangerous weapons.

Israel fears Iran and Iran probably fears Israel and/or the West and so on – the old game and known situation. However, a military build-up and especially a nuclear armament seems to be no real solution, at least, not for the international peace. Not to mention the threat of nuclear weapons for the world.

At least, the calls for the disarmament of Arab countries by e.g. President al-Assad and the request that Tel Aviv should also get rid of its many chemical weapons and the nuclear bombs are in principle just to support. However, this also means that the Islamic Republic of Iran and Syria really launch a disarmament of their weapons, too.

Such things can only happen if all sides really comply with such a general disarmament. However, it seems more like a nice illusion than a situation that really will happen in a near future. Israel will never launch a disarmament of its chemical and nuclear weapons and the international community will probably not force Tel Aviv to do it, although the chemical weapons are in principle the same as the chemical arms in Syria. Double standards, as said. And there is also the situation of the important counterbalance between states, especially in the Middle East.

Iran’s Foreign Minister said in his statements that the recent move by the Syrian government to put its chemical weapons under an international supervision leaves “no excuse for the Tel Aviv regime to retain its arsenals of weapons of mass destruction (WMDs)” and this is probably a true statement.

Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu

Mohammad Javad Zarif added that the Israeli regime is still armed with many nuclear and chemical weapons and that these weapons of mass destruction pose the same threat as the weapons in Syria. The Israeli regime, so the Iranian Foreign Minister, should “accept to get disarmed” in the wake of the disarming of Syria in terms of its chemical weapons stockpiles. According to Mohammad Javad Zarif, there is no pretext left for the Israeli regime in Tel Aviv to keep its nuclear and chemical weapons and not to join the example by Syria in terms of the disarmament of the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal.

Mohammad Javad Zarif underlined in his new remarks, while being in New York to participate in the United Nation’s 68th General Assembly meeting, that the decision taken by the Syrian government and President al-Assad to get rid of the chemical weapons was a “positive accomplishment that averted war.” He finally added that efforts should be made in order to “set the stage for peace in Syria.”

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