Turkey criticizes Israel's nuclear program

By AP
April 11, 2010 16:56

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey's prime minister says the world is turning a blind eye to Israel's nuclear program and he intends to raise the issue at the nuclear summit in Washington.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Iran's nuclear program is being scrutinized because of its membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency whereas Israel, which has not signed a nonproliferation treaty, is "free to do what it wants."

Erdogan says: "We are disturbed by this and will say so." Erdogan was speaking to reporters before his departure for Washington on Sunday.

The Israeli government has said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called off his trip to Washington because he believed Turkey and other Muslim nations would make an issue of Israel's nuclear program.


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