Jerusalem, Aug. 19 – The United Nations watchdog group issued its annual report for 2011, which focuses on the continued Iranian refusal to comply with international agreements and warns there is no evidence to show that Iran has stopped its work on nuclear weapons.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said while it tried to verify Iran’s compliance, it “was unable to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran was in peaceful activities.” The report repeated the damning conclusion that “analysis indicates that Iran has carried out activities relevant to the development of a nuclear explosive device” and that “some activities may still be ongoing.”
The release of the IAEA report coincided with the annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day, the creation of Iranian Islamic revolution leader Ayatollah Khomeni in 1979, who called on the world’s Muslims to“destroy Israel” and “be freed from the bondage of the Big Satan (Great Devil, USA) and other superpowers.”
In a Quds Day speech Friday Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Israel an “insult to all humanity,” as demonstrators in Tehran burned U.S. and Israeli flags and chanted “Death to the U.S.” and “Death to Israel”.
World leaders were quick to condemn Iran. Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, issued a sharp response saying she "strongly condemns the outrageous and hateful remarks threatening Israel’s existence by the Supreme Leader and the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Israel’s right to exist must not be called into question.”
Ashton called on Iran “to play a constructive role in the region and expects its leaders to contribute to de-escalate tension and not to fuel it.”
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said he “condemns these offensive and inflammatory statements,” accusing Iran of escalating tensions and warning Iranian leaders they were violating the U.N. Charter that “all members must refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of any State.”