Chief of Israel’s Atomic Energy: Security on nuclear facilities bolstered due to Iranian threats
Israel is upgrading and reinforcing its nuclear sites amid Iranian threats to attack them, the director general of the country’s Atomic Energy Commission Zeev Snir said in a speech at the International Atomic Energy Agency forum in Vienna on Tuesday.
“We cannot ignore the repeated and explicit threats, made by Iran and its proxies, to attack Israel’s nuclear sites. These outrageous threats require Israel to take action and continue to protect and defend its nuclear facilities. These facilities are constantly upgraded and reinforced, in line with IAEA safety guidelines, in order to withstand any attack,” Snir said.
The Israeli Atomic Energy chief also requested the IAEA to remove its permanent agenda item relating to the Jewish state’s alleged nuclear weapons capabilities.
“The agenda item entitled, ‘Israeli Nuclear Capabilities,’ placed on the agenda each year, is politically driven, and contradicts the IAEA spirit and mandate,” Snir said.
“Israel finds the discussion of this issue in the General Conference, injurious to the Agency’s credibility as a professional organization,” he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used a visit to a secretive Israeli atomic reactor in late August to warn the country’s enemies that it has the means to destroy them, in what appeared to be a veiled reference to its assumed nuclear arsenal.
“Whoever threatens us with destruction puts himself in similar danger, and in any case, will not achieve his goal,” Netanyahu said at the renaming ceremony for the Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center.
Meanwhile, Iranian state media reported on Thursday that Tehran has asked the United Nations to condemn ‘Israeli threats against Tehran’ and to bring Israel’s nuclear program under its supervision.
“The United Nations’ members should not turn a blind eye to these threats and must take firms actions to eliminate all Israeli nuclear weapons,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations Gholamali Khoshrou as saying in letters to the UN secretary general and the security council.
Israel neither confirms nor denies having the bomb, a decades-old ambiguity policy that it says keeps hostile neighbors in check while avoiding the kind of public provocations that can spark regional arms races.
Since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has preached Israel’s destruction. It backs the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah and the Palestinian terror group Hamas.