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Iran: Israeli Nuclear Program Destabilizing Region

A partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert, (File)

Facing international pressures over his country's disputed nuclear program, Iran's envoy to the United Nations says that Israel's nuclear ambitions are endangering Middle East stability.

Iran's state-run news agency IRNA reports that Mohammad Khaza'ie told the U.N. Disarmament Commission in New York Wednesday that Israel's non-membership in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was adding uncertainty in the region.

He also said Iran had been advocating for a nuclear-free region since 1974, five years before the country's Islamic revolution.

Israel has never admitted to possessing nuclear weapons.

Iran is under United Nations sanctions because of its uranium-enrichment activities. Tehran says its nuclear ambitions are peaceful.

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