A senior Iranian diplomat expressed satisfaction Monday that the
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would discuss Israel's nuclear weapons programme at the organization's board meeting later this week, DPA reported.
"Now it is time to focus on the real threat," Iran's IAEA envoy Ali Asghar Soltanieh said.
Israel has come under increasing international pressure in past weeks. A conference to review the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) called on the country to sign the pact and place all its nuclear facilities under IAEA inspections.
Israel has never admitted it possesses nuclear weapons.
Soltanieh also connected Israel's nuclear programme with its fatal entering of aid ships headed for Gaza last week, which has drawn international condemnation.
"Bearing in mind the recent developments, the crimes against humanity in Gaza, I'm sure the international community expects serious measures in all aspects," he said, "because this sort of violation of international law plus nuclear capability is very dangerous for the security of the whole world."
While Israel's leaders feel threatened by Iran's nuclear programme which they say is geared towards nuclear weapons, Iran frequently points out that Israel is the only nuclear-armed country in the region.
Board members, especially Arab countries, are set to call on Israel to join the NPT later this week.
The United States said Monday in Vienna that this topic should have been discussed at a later time, once IAEA chief Yukiya Amano has concluded a report on how to bring Israel closer to the global nuclear non-proliferation regime.
In Iran, the spiritual head of Iran's revolutionary guards, Ali Shirazi, said Sunday his forces were ready to escort a new aid flotilla bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip, according to Mehr news agency.