Iran demands nations stop arms sales to Israel

Iran warned against arms sales to Israel and Saudi Arabia, saying that those countries are “flouting their commitments to international humanitarian laws,” Iranian news agency Press TV reported Saturday.

“We are deeply concerned about the destabilizing repercussions of the continual entry and export of such weaponry into the region, especially into Saudi Arabia and the Zionist regime of Israel,” Iran’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, Gholam-Hossein Dehqani, told an annual meeting of the UN General Assembly’s Disarmament and International Security Committee.

Dehqani repeated demands that Israel’s nuclear arsenal – which has never been officially confirmed – be dismantled and that the country be forced to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), saying that “the most dangerous weapons are in the hands of the most dangerous regime in the Middle East.

“The Zionist regime has recurrently perpetrated violations, occupation, genocide, and terrorist activities; and nuclear weapons in the hands of such a regime constitutes the most dangerous threat to NPT signatories in the Middle East,” said Dehqani.

He also criticized the sale of weapons to Iran’s regional rival Saudi Arabia, which has since March 2015 been leading a coalition targeting Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are aligned with Iran.

Dehqani said the Saudis were using “British and American bombs” to destroy infrastructure in Yemen.