Ehud Barak 311.
(photo credit: Ariel Tarmoni/Defense Ministry)
Defense Minister Ehud Barak on Thursday morning denied reports that he said "If I were Iranian, I would also want a nuclear weapon" in an interview with US television network PBS aired Wednesday.
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Speaking to Army Radio on Thursday morning, Barak explained that the sentence, which caused a media stir overnight, was hypothetical only.
"I explained that I do not delude myself that the Iranian nuclear program is designed only to attack Israel, as part of our global struggle to mobilize the world to impose harsh sanctions in order to stop Iran," Barak said of his interview with US broadcaster Charlie Rose.
"Iran sees India, China, Pakistan and allegedly Israel around them with
nuclear weapons" and they want them themselves, Barak had stated during
the US interview.
He warned that if Iran
succeeded in developing a nuclear weapon, a Middle East arms race would
ensue with Saudi Arabia and Egypt eventually seeking nuclear weapons as
In discussing the dangers that a
nuclear-armed Iran would pose, Barak
cited the recent western intervention in Libya as an action that could
not have occurred had Muammar Gaddafi possessed a nuclear weapon.