Barak: Comment about Iran nukes was hypothetical

In interview with US broadcaster, Barak concedes if he were in Iran's place he would "probably" try to acquire nuclear weapons.

November 17, 2011 10:11
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Defense Minister Ehud Barak

Ehud Barak 311. (photo credit: Ariel Tarmoni/Defense Ministry)


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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.

Speaking to Army Radio on Thursday morning, Barak explained that the sentence, which caused a media stir overnight, was hypothetical only.

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"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 well.

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.

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