World must end nuclear cooperation with Israel: Iran

Press TV- Iranian Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi has denounced the West’s double standard approaches on the possession and development of atomic technology, urging a complete end to any nuclear cooperation with the Israeli regime.

Addressing a quarterly meeting of the IAEA’s 35-member Board of Governors in Vienna on Thursday, Najafi warned that the Israeli regime’s nuclear program is negatively impacting security of the Middle East.

He said the Israeli regime’s nuclear program is a cause of serious concern for regional countries and the international community and called on the IAEA to closely attend to and address the issue.

The Iranian envoy added that the Israeli regime’s nuclear scientists have unrestricted access to the nuclear facilities of certain countries possessing nuclear weapons.

“This is while the nuclear scientists of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) member states are assassinated by terrorists hired by the Zionist regime,” Najafi said, referring to the assassination of a number of Iranian scientists.

Israel is estimated to have 200 to 400 nuclear warheads in its arsenal. The regime, however, refuses to either accept or deny having the weapons.

It has also evaded signing the NPT amid staunch endeavor by the United States and other Western states on international levels in favor of its non-commitment to the accord.