FM: Iran nukes will set off arms race

At start of 4-day trip to Argentina, Lieberman calls Teheran biggest sponsor of world terror groups.

July 24, 2009 09:06
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FM: Iran nukes will set off arms race

Lieberman tells Argie FM to calm down . (photo credit: Foreign Ministry )


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If Iran attains nuclear capability it will start an arms race in the Middle East that would threaten the entire world, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Thursday at the start of his four-day trip to Argentina. "Iran is the biggest sponsor of world terror organizations such as Hamas, (Islamic) Jihad and Hizbullah," he said. "If Iran achieves nuclear capacity, we'll see a crazy nuclear-armed race in our region that will be a threat not only to Israel but to the rest of the world," he told reporters. Argentina is the second stage of Lieberman's 10-day tour of four South American nations aimed at staunching Iran's growing influence in the region. Lieberman also met with Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana to discuss preparations for President Shimon Peres' visit in November, according to a Foreign Ministry statement. Argentina is home to the largest Jewish community in Latin America. Argentine prosecutors say Iran and Hizbullah were behind the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in the city that killed 85. Iran has denied involvement. There was also another bomb attack in 1992 against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires that killed 29 people. During a Wednesday meeting with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Lieberman asked Latin America's biggest nation to use its influence to help halt Iran's nuclear program. Lieberman noted that Brazil has good ties both with Muslim countries and with Israel. The Iranian representative in Bolivia, Masoud Edrisi, accused Israel of using Lieberman's trip to try to undermine Iran's relations with Latin American nations. "Its objective is propaganda against the good relations that exist between Iran and Latin America," Edrisi told The Associated Press.

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