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Ahmadinejad links Iran's nuclear program to Israel

RIA Novosti

27/10/200916:52

MOSCOW, October 27 (RIA Novosti) - Iran will move forward with its nuclear program as long as Israel possesses nuclear weapons, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency reported Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as saying on Tuesday.

Ahmadenijad's comment came during a meeting with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"When an illegal regime possesses nuclear weapons, the other countries' rights for peaceful nuclear energy cannot be denied," he said.

Israel does not admit having nuclear weapons.

Four UN nuclear inspectors arrived in Iran on Sunday to inspect the country's second uranium enrichment facility, currently under construction.

Iran is under three sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment.

"The Zionist regime is a threat to all nations and it wants the region to be free of strong countries," Ahmadinejad reportedly told Erdogan. "Today we see that applying force in Gaza was not enough for them so they are attacking holy Jerusalem."

Israeli authorities on Tuesday demolished two Palestinian homes on the outskirts of Arab East Jerusalem.

The Islamic Republic has consistently denied it is seeking to make nuclear weapons, but has insisted on its right to a peaceful program aimed at generating electricity.

Iran does not recognize Israel as a sovereign country.



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