Turkey's PM reminds Israel bombs as powers debate Iran's nuclear program

PM Erdogan pointed another address while some world powers discuss Iran's nuclear program: Israel.

Turkey's PM reminds Israel bombs as powers debate Iran's nuclear program

PM Erdogan pointed another address while some world powers discuss Iran's nuclear program: Israel.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Iran next month to help resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme, Anatolia news agency reported Sunday.

Erdogan also warned that any military attack against Iran would be an act of "insanity."

The announcement of his planned trip came as Iran admitted this week the existence of a previously secret uranium enrichment plant, raising the stakes in its standoff with major powers ahead of talks in Geneva on Thursday.

"I will make a trip to Iran towards the end of October... We will discuss regional problems, including this (nuclear) one," Anatolia quoted Erdogan as saying in New York, where he attended the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

He said Turkey, a NATO member with improving ties with Tehran, was instrumental in arranging Thursday's talks between six world powers powers and Iran, and was ready to do more if its help was requested.

"We are absolutely against nuclear weapons in the Middle East... But there is a country in the Middle East that possesses nuclear weapons: Israel. There is a difference, though; Israel is not a member of the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), while Iran is."

"What about Israel's bombs"

He also lashed out again at the Jewish state's devastating war on Gaza in December-January.

Moreover, phosphorus bombs were used in Gaza offensive. What is that? Weapons of mass destruction. As a result of these bombs, 1400 people, women and children were killed. why is not talked about that? It's always Iran... We have to be more fair and honest if we want global peace," he said.

"There are other countries with nuclear weapons. Why aren't we talking about that?... Let's talk about all of them," he said.

Asked about the possibility of US military action against Iran, Turkey's eastern neighbour, Erdogan said "that would be very wrong and not only those who attempt such insanity would suffer."

He said "the process in Iraq must be a lesson," pointing at the ongoing turmoil in the country since the US-led invasion in 2003.

"200 nuclear weapons"

Commenting on Erdogan's recent remarks stating that Israel had weapons of mass destruction in Gaza, Palestine's ambassador in Ankara said on Monday that Israel had more than 200 nuclear weapons and the whole world knew about this reality.

Anadolu news agency quoted Maarouf as saying, "Mr. Erdogan's remarks are true. Israel has more than 200 nuclear weapons and the whole world knows about this reality".

Maarouf said such fact had been known since 1960's, however, nobody had taken any action on the matter so far.

"Palestine is faced with invasion and violence," the ambassador told reporters, adding that his country expected the United Nations (UN) and the world public opinion to support its cause.


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Ibrahim Yılmaz
Ibrahim Yılmaz - 11 yıl Before

My very dear prime minister. Thank you very much for reminding the "most obvious" to the people who do their best not to see the "most obvious".. The narcissistic blindness of some people neither allows them see the most obvious nor allows them to see anything other than the caricatures of messenger of Allah (PBUH)