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Iran, Lebanon take steps against Israel nuclear 'threat'

By Sommer Brokaw
Iran, Lebanon take steps against Israel nuclear 'threat'
Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah warned Israel Thursday that Lebanon's resistance movement has precision weapons and will use them if Israel wages war. File Photo by Al-Manar TV Grab/EPA-EFE

Sept. 20 (UPI) -- The Iranian government asked the United Nations Thursday to censure Israel due to what Tehran perceives a significant nuclear threat.

Iran made the request in a letter to the world body as a response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the Dimona nuclear facility last month.

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At the plant, Netanyahu said Iran is a threat to the region and that Tel Aviv could destroy its enemies, based on its nuclear capabilities.

Thursday's letter said Netanyahu's remarks pose "a serious threat to international peace and security," and urged the United Nations to force Israel to comply with international rules.

The letter also demanded the United Nations not only condemn Israel's threat, but also make the country join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, and open its nuclear program to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections.

In Lebanon Thursday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said his country possesses precision rockets that are capable of hitting targets in Israel.

Nasrallah also warned Israel it will get a response it "has never expected" if it wages war with Lebanon, or its ally Iran.

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Former Israeli general and National Security Council Chief Yaakov Amidror said he does not expect Iran to leave the 2015 nuclear deal, despite political pressures that followed the United States' departure this year.

"It is the best deal for them," Amidror said. "I would be very surprised if they leave."

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