Iran news headlines on Tuesday include Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman call for destruction of all nuclear weapons; Iran permission for UN nuclear watchdog’s demands to visit military site; Iran denial of link with rocket attack on Iranian exiles at refugee camp; a number of senior Iranian lawmakers urging investigation over country’s Majlis speaker incident in Qom;Iran expressing hope for positive steps at Iran-P5+1 nuke talks on February and Netanyahu remarks over Iran speeding up its nuclear program.
Iran said on Tuesday that all the world’s nuclear weapons should be destroyed, shortly after North Korea said it had conducted its third nuclear test in defiance of United Nations resolutions.
“We think we need to come to a point where no country will have any nuclear weapons,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told a weekly news conference when asked about the test. “All weapons of mass destruction and nuclear arms need to be destroyed.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s demands to revisit a military site where Tehran is suspected of conducting nuclear-related experiments are still on the table.
Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency arrive in Tehran for talks Wednesday in hopes of restarting a probe into Iran’s disputed nuclear program.
Iran has nothing to do with the recent rocket attack on Camp Liberty, the transient settlement facility of the anti-Iran terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCR) in Iraq, an Iranian spokesman said.
Media reports alleged that Katyusha rockets fired on the Camp Liberty near Baghdad have killed five members of the MKO. About 40 members of the terrorist group were reportedly wounded in Saturday’s attack, along with three Iraqi policemen.
Senior Iranian lawmakers are demanding an investigation into the incident involving the country’s parliament speaker in the seminary city of Qom.
Ali Larijani was stopped from delivering a speech by chanting protesters in Qom during a ceremony Sunday marking the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
Iran hopes for positive steps at talks on its nuclear program with world powers in Kazakhstan this month, Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday.
He was speaking during a visit to Russia, one of the six powers that will be represented at talks with Iranian negotiators on February 26 in the Kazakh city of Almaty.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran is accelerating efforts to enrich uranium and called for tougher international sanctions to prevent it from building a nuclear weapon.
Netanyahu, speaking to a delegation of American-Jewish organizational heads in Jerusalem, recalled the cartoon of a bomb he displayed last year at the United Nations and said Iran needs to be convinced it faces a credible military threat.
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