Tel Aviv is believed to have in excess of 300 nuclear weapons according to intelligence reports but is something Israel neither confirms nor denies. Speaking to media in Tehran, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi said: “We believe that every country should subscribe to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty,” referring to the fact that Israel has so far refused to sign the treaty.
The nuclear chief continued: “This is something which is very important. The General Conference of the IAEA has approved several resolutions insisting that every state in the world adheres to this treaty, which we believe is very important.”
Iran, which is subject to intense scrutiny over its own nuclear programme, signed the treaty in 1968.
Tehran denies that its nuclear programme has any military intentions, stating that the project is solely for peaceful civilian use.
Israel has been lobbying against Iran over the last few months as senior diplomats are due to convene in Vienna to resume the Iran Nuclear Deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The United States, a key ally of Tel Aviv, pulled out of the original 2016 deal when Donald Trump issued an executive order, stating that: “This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made.”
Current President, Joe Biden has expressed an interest to return to the deal, which will see all sanctions lifted against Tehran.
Regional nations have stated that an arms race will be sparked should Iran acquire nuclear weapons, with Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt all potentially following suit.
Israel has normalized ties with Bahrain and the UAE recently, and many believe they will emulate this with the Saudi’s in the near future.
This week, Israeli security experts stated all options were on the table in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.
Some reports by Israeli analysts say Tehran is less than 5 years away from being a nuclear-capable nation.
Iran has declared nuclear weapons forbidden in a religious order, issued by the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei.
Tension has risen between Iran and Israel in recent times in what security experts have called a shadow war.
Both Israeli and Iranian vessels have undergone suspicious explosions and attacks in the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea. Both parties deny knowledge of how the events happened.
Israel is also believed to be behind several explosions within Iranian nuclear facilities, as well as the assassination of multiple Iranian nuclear scientists, something that former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen eluded to in his retirement speech.
When asked about Israel using such tactics on Iranian soil, Mr Grossi said: “The use of violence is absolutely condemnable,” when speaking in his interview with Iran’s English news channel, Press TV.
Iran also pointed the finger at Israel and the US following the so-called Stuxnet virus that targeted Iranian uranium hexafluoride centrifuges around the country.
With pressure on Israel to declare their nuclear weapons piles in an open and transparent manner, the IAEA chief had “repeatedly approved resolutions exhorting” Israel, among others, to be part of the NPT.
Having recently visited Iran, the nuclear watchdog boss met with the Iranian Foreign Minister, and stated: “The relation between the agency and Iran is a permanent one…is a continuous one.”
Nuclear talks between Iran and the P4+1 are set to resume in Vienna on November 29.