Iran says the recent insulting remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu against the Islamic Republic were the result of his fury over the high voter turnout in Iran’s June 14 presidential election and should come as no surprise.
“The fact that he (Netanyahu) is furious over the creation of a magnificent epic and an election with a massive turnout in our country is understandable,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Araqchi. “Of course, insulting comments from a regime the entire life of which has been replete with crimes and savagery against the defenseless Palestinian people did not surprise us at all,” Araqchi added. Speaking on CBS News on Sunday, hawkish Netanyahu made insulting comments about Iran's President-elect Hassan Rohani, who won the country’s June 14 presidential election with 50.7 percent of a total of 36,704,156 ballots. The prime minister of the Israeli regime rehashed the unfounded accusation that Iran pursues non-civilian purposes in its nuclear energy program and said President-elect Rohani will seek to “build a bomb.” He also hinted at the possibility that his regime may attack Iran “perhaps before the United States does.” The fact that Netanyahu insults the Iranian president-elect in talks with other coutnries shows the Israeli regime's interference in the relations between Iran and other states and an attempt to negatively affect those ties, Araqchi said. The US, Israel, and some of their allies have repeatedly charged that Iran may intend to acquire nuclear-weapons capability in the future. Tehran has categorically rejected the accusation, arguing that as a signatory to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it is entitled to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes. In addition, the IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities but has never found any evidence showing that Tehran’s nuclear energy program has been diverted toward non-civilian objectives.