Iceland warns Israel against Iran attack

30 September 2012 | 22:14 Code : 1907434 Latest Headlines
Iceland's Foreign Minister Ossur Skarphyinsson has warned Israel against carrying out a military attack on Iran's nuclear facilities.

"Don't bomb Iran. Don’t start another war in the Middle East," Skarphyinsson said in an address to the 67th session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday two days after the recent remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who urged the world to set a “red line” on Iran's nuclear energy program.

In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, Netanyahu said that a red line is needed to be drawn for Iran’s nuclear energy program and alleged that Tehran would acquire nuclear military capability by next spring or summer.

Netanyahu used a cartoon diagram of a bomb and literally drew a red line below a ‘final stage’ to show the threshold before Iran acquires the capability.

Skarphyinsson called for finding diplomatic solutions to the Iranian nuclear energy issue, saying, "Let diplomacy work, not rabblerousing or fear mongering. Let's work for peace together."

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program with Tel Aviv recently stepping up its threats against the Islamic Republic.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

Unlike Iran, Israel is a non-signatory to the NPT and continues to defy international calls to join the treaty.

tags: nuclear energy

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