The Iranian Foreign Ministry has accused Israel of burying nuclear waste in the occupied West Bank, Fars news agency has reported.
"The [nuclear] arsenal of the Zionist entity is dangerous for the region and the environment," said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani. He pointed out that Iran has always warned the world about Israel's illegal activities, including the burial of nuclear waste in the occupied Palestinian territories. The Iranian official called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to intervene.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh called on the international community last December to investigate Israel's burial of nuclear, chemical and solid waste in the Palestinian territories. "The cases of cancer in areas south of Hebron are the highest in Palestine, due to the burying of waste in a nearby location and the presence of a nuclear reactor," said Shtayyeh at the time.
Meanwhile, Iranian Ambassador and Assistant Permanent Representative to the UN, Zahra Arshadi, used a debate at the UN Nuclear Disarmament Commission to accuse Israel of thwarting her country's efforts to establish a "weapons of mass destruction-free zone" in the Middle East, reported Fars. The envoy added that Israel has also carried out "a number of terrorist acts against Iranian scientists and launched sabotage attacks against nuclear sites."
Arshadi demanded that Israel should be compelled to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
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