JERUSALEM, Jan 15 (Reuters) - Israel's intelligence
minister distanced himself on Sunday from the killing of an
Iranian nuclear scientist last week that Tehran blamed on agents
of Israel and the United States.
"I don't know this subject and I would not want to discuss
it at all," Deputy Prime Minister Dan Meridor told Israel Radio,
remarks that ended the government's blanket silence on the Jan.
11 car-bombing that killed Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan.
The United States was quick to disavow the killing.
Meridor, the cabinet minister responsible for intelligence
and nuclear affairs, said Israel was not the only regional power
seeking to deny Iran - which insists its uranium enrichment is
for peaceful needs only - the means of making a bomb.
"I think the campaign against Iran is a very important,
serious and broad campaign," he said. "The desire to prevent
Iran nuclearising is an interest of almost all Arab countries,
with the exception, perhaps, of Syria."
(Writing by Dan Williams)
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