Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Friday warned that nuclear weapons in the hands of the Iranian regime would lead to regional proliferation, the spread of terrorism and a threat to oil supplies from the Middle East, UK daily The Guardian reported.
Speaking as part of a panel on Iran at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Barak told those assembled that "You can't conceive of a stable world order when Iran has nuclear weapons."
Barak, appearing alongside Yukiya Amano, the chief of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency, stated that "Iran is prepared to defy and deceive the whole world to turn themselves into a nuclear power," according to The Guardian.
"This will be the end of any conceivable anti-proliferation program. Major powers in the region will feel compelled to turn nuclear," he added, listing Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Egypt as countries who would be compelled to enter the nuclear arms race should Iran acquire an atomic bomb.