Monday, Nov 24, 2008
Iran on Monday lashed out at British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, accusing him of having Zionist ties after he said the prospect of a nuclear-armed Iran is “the most immediate threat” to Middle East stability.
“We have recently seen comments by Miliband about Iran being a threat in the region. There is no doubt about his strong ties with Zionists,” foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi told reporters.
“All countries consider the Zionist regime as a threat and not Iran, which has not threatened any countries in the past centuries,” he added.
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According to a pre-released copy of his speech, Miliband was to urge Arab leaders to make clear they do not support Iran’s nuclear ambitions, as he visits the United Arab Emirates Monday.
He will say the prospect of Iran having nuclear weapons poses “the most immediate threat” to Middle East stability, and appeal to Tehran’s neighbours to put pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.