Envoy's remarks about Iran misunderstood - Bahrain's Foreign Ministry
Bahrain's Foreign Ministry says the remarks made by its envoy to the US about Tehran posing a threat to Manama may have been either "misinterpreted or misunderstood," PressTV reported.
Last week, Bahrain's Ambassador to the US Houda Nonoo claimed that she feared Bahrain "could become the first casualty of a nuclear-armed Iran," adding that "if Iran has (a nuclear) capability, nobody is going to be able to stop them," The Washington Times reported.
"The ambassador's remarks were not intended to, and did not, deviate or detract from this consistently established position, which remains the position of the Kingdom of Bahrain," the statement issued by the country's Foreign Ministry on Sunday said.
"Bahrain has consistently made clear its support for the right of all states to the peaceful civilian use of nuclear energy," Bahrain News Agency (BNA) quoted the statement.
"Bahrain has made clear on a number of occasions that the Islamic Republic of Iran is no exception to this right."
The US and its allies accuse Iran of developing a military nuclear program. Iran argues that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful and within the framework of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, to which it is a signatory.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has also in its many reports confirmed the non-diversion of nuclear material or activities in Iran.
Iran has urged regional countries to remain alert and not fall for allegations made by the US, which is pursuing the policy of spreading Iranophobia in the Middle East to sell their weapons.