NAGASAKI, Japan – Iran's top diplomat has spoken out on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, condemning the "senseless" use of nuclear weapons against a "non-Zionist country."
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari made his remarks at a remembrance ceremony in Nagasaki, which he attended as an "observer of peace, as well as lingering bomb damage assessment." He had just returned from Switzerland, where he concluded the Iranian nuclear agreement before acquiring a solid gold Lexus.
"Truly these atomic bombings of non-Zionist individuals were a crime without parallel," Zari said. "No country that is not both east of the Sinai and west of the Jordan should ever have nuclear weapons dropped on it."
"Even if America has not learned from its mistakes, Iran vows that never again will nuclear weapons be dropped on non-Zionist cities and non-Zionist peoples!" he added.
Zari further condemned the "selfish" United States, which he claimed continued to cover up vital information on the bombing, such as the ideal diameter for the plutonium core or the proper amount of tritium needed for a multi-megaton yield explosion.
He continued, "America must answer many questions about the atomic bombing, for example, hypothetically speaking, what would be the ideal detonating altitude to cause maximum damage and – out of curiosity – how do Japanese cities differ structurally from Israeli ones?"
While Zari's remarks focused mostly on what he called "two wasted opportunities," he also expressed amazement, saying, "These events show just what a dedicated group of scientists can accomplish, without anyone hitting them with sanctions, assassinating them, or blowing up their centrifuges."
These were Zari's first public remarks on World War II since his January visit to Auschwitz, which he condemned as "tragically inefficient."