Hezbollah chief gloats over UN worries on party's arms

AFP , Saturday 14 Jan 2012

Hezbollah criticizes UN Secretary General call to the Lebanese government to disarm the militant group

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah on Saturday gloated over UN chief Ban Ki-moon's concerns about the military prowess of his party, which he vowed would not be disarmed.

"I felt happy when I heard that he (Ban) said he was concerned about our military power," Nasrallah said in a televised address.

"This concern reassures and pleases us."

Nasrallah reiterated that his Shiite militant party, the only movement that did not disarm after the 1975-1990 civil war in Lebanon, would never give up its weapons.

Ban, who is in Lebanon on a three-day visit, told reporters on Friday he was "deeply concerned" about the military prowess of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Ban urged Lebanese authorities to reconvene talks on disarming the militant group.

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