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13:12 | 2010-01-10

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S. Arabia Urges Denuclearization of Israel

TEHRAN (FNA)- Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal underlined the necessity for concerted efforts by the international community to denuclearize the Zionist regime of Israel.



The regional tranquility and stability could be secured through the denuclearization of Israel, the Saudi minister said in a press conference with his German counterpart Guido Westerwelle in Riyadh on Saturday evening.

"The task to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime in the Middle East remains extremely urgent," Faisal noted.

Israel, the Middle East's sole nuclear power, possesses hundreds of nuclear warheads while it is not a signatory to the NPT or any other international convention. The Zionist regime has never allowed UN inspectors to visit its nuclear sites or arsenals.

Israel has in general followed the country's policy of nuclear ambiguity, neither confirming nor denying the existence of its assumed arsenal.

However, in May 2008 former US president Jimmy Carter said Israel has at least 150 nuclear weapons in its arsenal.

The Saudi foreign minister further said that he and Westerwelle discussed the Iranian nuclear issue with a particular reference to efforts made by the Group 5+1 (the five permanent UN Security Council members plus Germany).

"In my opinion, the only way forward is to try to reach a satisfactory settlement with the government of Iran that relies on negotiations," Faisal noted about the Iranian nuclear issue.

Iran says its nuclear program is a peaceful drive to produce electricity so that the world's fourth-largest crude exporter can sell more of its oil and gas abroad.

The US and its western allies allege that Iran is pursuing a nuclear weapons program while they have never presented corroborative evidence to substantiate their allegations against the Islamic Republic.

Iran is under three rounds of UN Security Council sanctions for turning down West's calls to give up its right of uranium enrichment, saying the demand is politically tainted and illogical.