Iran Complains about Israel Threats

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Iran's ambassador to the United Nations, Muhammed Hazai, has lodged a complaint with the U.N. Security Council, charging that Israel has violated the U.N. charter by making threats to attack Iranian nuclear facilities.

Hazai delivered his complaint in the form of a letter to Security Council President Claude Heller of Mexico, in which he called for the U.N. to take action against Israel.

"These outrageous threats of resorting to criminal and terrorist acts against a sovereign country and a member of the United Nations not only display the aggressive and warmongering nature of the Zionist regime, but also contribute to blatant violations of international law," Hazai wrote.

The Iranian envoy was apparently referring to recent remarks by Israeli President Shimon Peres and Israeli Defense Forces Major-General Dan Harel. Both have suggested in recent days that Israel could and would take military action against Iran if it does not halt its nuclear weapons program.

Peres said in an interview with Israel's Kol Hai Radio Sunday that although Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has forces arrayed against Israel, "there are also forces against him."

Peres said he welcomed U.S. President Barack Obama's overtures for talks with Iran, but if the talks don't change Ahmadinejad's position, "we will strike him."

The Iranian president has frequently called for Israel's destruction, which Israel's leadership believes is incitement to genocide.

Sources: The Jerusalem Post, Ha'aretz

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