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
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Obamacare Website Vulnerable to Heartbleed Security Flaw

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:16 AM

People who have accounts on the enrollment website for President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law are being told  . . .

Russia Promises Support to Ending Ukraine Crisis

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 07:13 AM

Russia's foreign ministry promised it would offer strong assistance to Ukraine to overcome its crisis, but emphasized th . . .

Russia Warns US against Further Sanctions as Ukraine Deal Stalls

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 20:23 PM

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with W . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

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