Tags: Israel | peres | iran | nukes

Israel's Peres: Nuclear Iran Would Be 'Nightmare'

Monday, 05 May 2008 10:40 AM

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

JERUSALEM -- Israeli President Shimon Peres warned on Monday that if Iran becomes a nuclear power it will create a "nightmare" for the whole world and not just the Jewish state.

"Iran is a danger not only for Israel but also for the rest of the world," Peres told foreign journalists.

"A nuclear Iran will be a nightmare for the world," he said at a press conference held ahead of celebrations on Thursday for the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence.

Peres said that Israel, the Middle East's sole if undeclared nuclear power, did not intend to carry out any military action against Iran, like that which it carried out in 1981 against the Osirak nuclear reactor in Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

"There will be no need for military action if the world community is united," he said.

The UN Security Council has imposed three sets of sanctions against Iran over its refusal to heed successive ultimatums to suspend uranium enrichment, the process that can produce fuel for civilian reactors or, in highly extended form, the fissile core of an atomic bomb.

Peres said he saw a "worrying" prospect developing in Iran under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the combination "of a weapon of mass destruction and a rhetoric of mass destruction."

"Nobody is threatening Iran," he said. "On the other hand, Iran is threatening to wipe Israel off the map."

In his speeches, Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of the Jewish state although he has never threatened that Iran would try to bring it about.

On the issue of the slow-moving peace process, Peres said Israel had never given up efforts to reach peace accords with its Arab neighbours.

"We would like to see peace all over the Middle East and we are ready to pay the price," said Peres, a veteran statesman whose role in the Oslo peace accords with the Palestinians earned him the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat.

But Peres said there should be no dialogue between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group which controls the Gaza Strip, because it was not prepared to accept the Jewish state's right to exist.

-- AFP

-

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

WSJ: Midterms May Bring a GOP 'Wave' of Victories

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 11:21 AM

Most pundits have written off predictions that the midterms would be a "wave election" for Republicans, but The Wall Str . . .

Gallup: Ebola Worries Americans, But Behind Economy, Jobs

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 10:57 AM

A new poll on Tuesday showed Ebola has moved into the top 10 issues of concern to Americans but ranks behind the economy . . .

NYT: Early Voting in Nevada, Ohio 'Looks Bad' for Dems

Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 10:35 AM

Early voting figures in Nevada and Ohio are likely to give Democrats a reason to be nervous ahead of the midterm electio . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved