'Nuke terror greatest threat'

Meridor to tell US summit risk of the threat materializing increasing.

April 13, 2010 21:04
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Dan Meridor

Dan Meridor 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

The Israeli delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit, headed by Dan Meridor, the minister for intelligence and atomic affairs, was expected to deliver a stark warning Tuesday of the risks of terrorists acquiring nuclear arms.

"The greatest threat to peace is that the world's most dangerous regimes and the world's most dangerous terror groups would acquire the world's most dangerous weapons," Meridor was due to say.

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The delegation was expected to say there had been an alarming increase in the risk of this threat materializing, especially in the Middle East.

The danger, according to Israel, was that terror-supporting states developing nuclear weapons would give those weapons or other nuclear materials to non-state actors in the hope of avoiding culpability for their actions.

Israel was expected to say that it acutely understood the threat of nuclear terrorism because a regime that illicitly seeks nuclear weapons and openly calls for Israel's destruction (Iran) is supporting terror proxies that continuously attack the country.

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