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13:01 | 2010-04-13

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Envoy Urges Int'l Community to Condemn Obama's N. Threat against Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Permanent Representative to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei called on the international community to condemn the recent remarks by US President Barack Obama in which he threatened to use nuclear weapons against Iran.

"Threatening a UN member country and a member state of the NPT of attacking it using nuclear weapons is serious breaching of the international laws and should be condemned by the international community," Khazaei said, addressing the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (CTC) on Monday.

He also reiterated that the remarks are an example of a clear case of state sponsored terrorism and broad violation of the human rights and international laws.

The United States pledged never to use nuclear weapons against the states that comply with the Non-Proliferation Treaties (NPT) as part of a much-anticipated review of nuclear arms strategy released Tuesday.

But the new pledge leaves open a nuclear strike against countries that have signed on to a global NPT but stand accused of violating its terms.

Obama, in an interview with the New York Times, said outright that the loophole would apply to "outliers like Iran and North Korea" that the US believes are developing nuclear weapons.

In response, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday lashed out at Obama for his threatening remarks against Iran, and said Obama's comments indicated his lack of experience.

President Ahmadinejad said that American leaders still act like cowboys and like heroes in Western movies, "Whenever there is a problem, they take out their guns."