Hezbollah rejects call by U.N.'s Ban to disarm

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  • Hezbollah leader mocks U.N. concern over arsenal

  • Says Hezbollah needs weapons to confront Israel

  • Ban says sought greater protection for U.N. peacekeepers

By Dominic Evans

BEIRUT, Jan 14 (Reuters) - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah dismissed on Saturday a United Nations call for his militant anti-Israel movement to disarm, saying it was determined to maintain a military capacity to defend Lebanon.

"I affirm today, firmly, decisively and with the greatest conviction ... the choice of armed resistance," Nasrallah said. "These weapons, along with the Lebanese people and army, are the only guarantee of Lebanon's protection."

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