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President Shimon Peres warned of the threat a nuclear Iran poses, when Estonian president Thomas Hendrik Ilves visited Israel as the Peres's official guest on Monday. Ilves was received with a military ceremony and greeted by government ministers and businessmen.
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Peres discussed the Iranian threat, saying "unfortunately, we have to deal with difficulties and threates. Just this morning, we heard [Russian President Dmitri] Medvedev's words about an American report that Iran will have a nuclear bomb in two years." Peres said, referring to Medvedev's comment at the Group of 20 meeting in Toronto that CIA director Leon Panetta's information on a nuclear Iran is "worrying."
"There is no doubt," Peres said, "that this declaration can not be taken lightly, because until now, Russia had doubts about Iran's seriousness and ability to build a nuclear bomb. Therefore, Medvedev's declaration is a serious change, and Israel apprectiates this development."
Peres added: "I emphasize again that the dictatorship in Iran supports
terror, spreads fear and threatens many places with its nuclear
Peres told Ilves "I welcome you with open arms. The respectable
delegation that joined you shows the depth of the connection between our
countries. I have no doubt that this visit will contribute to
strengthening the friendship between Israel and Estonia, and
significantly expanding economic cooperation."
"Israel sees Estonia as standing at the forefront of economic and
technological developments in the 'Baltic tiger' area," Peres added.
"This is a fertile ground for deepening our political and economic
Ilves said "Israel can depend on Estonia to stand by her as a member of
NATO and the European Union." He added that Estonia, like Israel, finds
itself fighting for its right to exist as a state, and is working to
expand its cooperation with other countries.