Gaddafi: Palestinians have right to nukes

Gaddafi on Sky Palestin

October 26, 2009 09:44

Palestinians, Egyptians, Syrians and Saudis all have the right to nuclear weapons, Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi told Sky News in an interview aired Monday. "Even the Palestinians should have [nuclear weapons] because their counterparts, or their opponents, have nuclear capabilities," Gaddafi said in the interview. "If we don't want this situation... we'll have to disarm the Israelis from their nuclear weapons capabilities." Israel neither confirms nor denies the existence of a nuclear arsenal. Gaddafi did not hold the same views for an Iranian right to nuclear weapons. "If Iran were to manufacture nuclear weapons, nuclear arms, then all of us, including [Libya], will be against them," he said. "But Iran has not said so." In September, Gaddafi gave an unprecedented 90-minute speech at the UN, at times rambling and reading from scribbled and ripped notes. Libya gave up its own nuclear ambitions in 2003 after the US invasion of Iraq.

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