Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Reuters AlertNet - Israel tells UN No on Nuclear Free Middle East

Reuters AlertNet - Israel tells UN's ElBaradei Iran wants nuclear arms: "Israel tells UN's ElBaradei Iran wants nuclear arms
07 Jul 2004 11:49:13 GMT

By Louis Charbonneau
TEL AVIV, July 7 (Reuters) - Israel, pressed to consider a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, stressed its fear that Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons and might use them against it, the visiting head of the UN nuclear watchdog said on Wednesday.
'They (the Israelis) were expressing concern about Iran,' International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei told reporters after meeting Israel's nuclear energy commission director, other officials and a former head of the Mossad secret service.
ElBaradei is on a three-day visit to the Jewish state, which refuses to admit or deny having nuclear weapons under a policy of 'strategic ambiguity'. International experts believe it has 100-200 warheads, based on estimates of the amount of plutonium its reactors have produced."


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