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Armenian newspaper calls for use of nuclear weapon against Azerbaijan via Daily Sabah

An Armenian newspaper in the United States published an opinion piece that urged the use of universally banned weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) against Azerbaijan and its civilian population.

The piece by Stepan Altounian called on the Armenian government to use any nuclear weapon available to turn the Azerbaijani capital Baku into a “wasteland for the next 5,000 years.”

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Nagorno-Karabakh lies within Azerbaijan but has been under the occupation of ethnic Armenian forces backed by Armenia since a separatist war there ended in 1994. That war left not only Nagorno-Karabakh itself but large chunks of the surrounding lands in Armenian hands.

In 44 days of heavy fighting that began on Sept. 27, the Azerbaijani military routed Armenian forces and wedged deep into Nagorno-Karabakh, forcing Armenia to accept a Russia-brokered peace deal that took effect Nov. 10. The agreement saw the return of a significant part of Nagorno-Karabakh under Azerbaijan’s control and also requested Armenia to hand over all of the Azerbaijani territories it held outside the region.

In the controversial piece, endorsed and published by the Armenian media group Asbarez, Altounian asked, “Where was the nuclear option?” at a time when governments and the United Nations are urging nuclear disarmament.

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Charges that Turkey and Azerbaijan used banned weapons against Armenia have never been reported by U.N. agencies or independent media outlets.

Azerbaijan slams suggestion

Azerbaijan’s Consulate General in Los Angeles immediately slammed the Armenian news outlet and urged U.S. law enforcement to launch an investigation.

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”Unfortunately, it’s not the first time we witness such terrorist threats against Azerbaijan. It’s a result of a sick mindset, shaped by deep-rooted anti-Azerbaijani hatred, Azerbaijanophobia, promoting violence and destruction. I hope the American law enforcement agencies will continue to be vigilant against such threats and conduct a proper investigation into this outrageous promotion of violence by U.S.-based groups,” said Nasimi Aghayev.

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Turkish, Russian center under construction

The war witnessed a strong alliance between Turkey and Azerbaijan, as Ankara provided major support for Baku while also participating in the peace process.

Following the peace deal, Turkey and Russia signed a memorandum of understanding to set up a joint center to monitor the deal. It is being established on the Azerbaijani territories liberated from Armenia’s occupation.

A Turkish-Russian joint center in Nagorno-Karabakh which will monitor the cease-fire deal between Azerbaijan and Armenia is under construction, according to Turkey’s defense minister on Wednesday.

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