WikiLeaks: Egypt considering nuclear arms if Iran gets them

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
December 6, 2010 14:37

AIRO — Egypt's president would consider turning his country into a nuclear power if Iran acquired atomic weapons, leaked US diplomatic cables revealed.

A cable from May 2008, one of hundreds of secret diplomatic documents released by the WikiLeaks website over the past week, described how Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak told a US Congressional delegation that everyone in the region was "terrified" of a nuclear Iran.

"Egypt might be forced to begin its own nuclear weapons program if Iran succeeds in those efforts," the cable said in reporting about a meeting between Mubarak and the delegation on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Iran's growing nuclear program, which it insists is only for peaceful energy production, has sent chills throughout the region and several Arab countries expressed their concern to the US about it, included support for military strikes.


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