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13:43 | 2013-06-01

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MP Advises Riyadh to Mind Israel's Nuclear Weapons Program

TEHRAN (FNA)- A senior Iranian legislator blasted Saudi officials for raising pointless alarms against Tehran's peaceful nuclear program, and called on Riyadh to voice concern about Israel's atomic weapons program which is posing a serious threat to the region.

"If the Saudi officials are concerned about security and stability of the region, they should consider as a threat the atomic program of the Quds Occupying regime (Israel) which is not under the supervision of the (International Atomic Energy) Agency," member of the parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission Hadi Shoushtari said on Saturday.

Israel is believed to be the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East with over 200 ready-to-launch warheads in its stockpile.

Shoushtari's remarks came after Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Feisal called Iran's civilian nuclear program a threat to regional security.

Shoshtari addressed the Saudi officials, and said if Riyadh is really concerned about regional security and stability, it should stop sending arms and fighters to Syria as the move has boosted unrests and instability in the Muslim country, led to the killing of thousands of innocent Syrian people and increased insecurity in the region.

Different reports in recent months have disclosed that Saudi Arabia is financing the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front in Syria in a bid to help the terrorists carry out their anti-government operations in the Muslim country.

It is the Saudi intelligence apparatus headed by Prince Bandar bin Sultan that supports al-Nusra Front which commits heinous crimes against the Syrian nation with murder, slaughter and explosions, the al-Manar quoted informed sources as saying.

Majority of the criminal ringleaders of al-Nusra front, who are carrying out terrorist activities in Syria, had been jailed in Saudi prisons before being released and sent to Syria via Turkey and other countries, it added.

The Palestinian weekly wrote that the Saudi intelligence officers are in contact with the al-Nursa Front and supply logistic and financial assistance to the terrorist group's members.

In a similar report in December, al-Manar disclosed that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been financing and supplying armed rebels in Syria with more explosive materials they have recently purchased from the US, Israel and UK in a bid to help the terrorists carry out their anti-government operations in the Arab country.

It wrote that Saudi Arabia and Qatar have smuggled explosives to Syria with the assistance of the intelligence services of the Syria's neighboring countries, specially Turkey.

The sources also disclosed that there are special terrorist garrisons in Turkey which are administered by the security officers of Israel and western countries.

So far, several sources have disclosed that Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been financing and dispatching terrorists in Syria and smuggle weapons to the crisis-hit country for campaign against Assad's government.