Attempts by Washington to threaten Tehran with possible nuclear strikes undermines global security and brings harm to the global community, an Iranian news agency said citing the country's foreign minister.
Announcing a new U.S. nuclear doctrine earlier this month, President Barack Obama explicitly excluded Iran and North Korea from tighter restrictions on the possible use of U.S. nuclear weapons.
"Such remarks are detrimental to the international community and it does not yield to the realities, unless other countries and we take nuclear disarmament serious and spread it worldwide," the ISNA news agency quoted Manoucher Mottaki as saying.
Mottaki said nuclear weapons have no use except destruction and devastation and cannot be considered as defensive weapons.
"Those have focused their power on nuclear weapons are playing with fire," the Iranian minister said on Tuesday at a meeting with Turkey's newly-appointed ambassador to Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast earlier said Iran would complain officially to the UN Security Council about the U.S. government as a threat to global peace and security.
The United States and other Western countries suspect Iran of developing nuclear weapons under the cover of a peaceful nuclear energy program and are seeking new sanctions following Iran's move to enrich uranium to 20%.
Washington and Tel Aviv have not ruled out military action if diplomacy fails to resolve the dispute over Iran's nuclear program, but Russia said any military strikes against Tehran "would be unacceptable."
MOSCOW, April 13 (RIA Novosti)