Tuesday, Oct 27th, 2009
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday that as long as Israel was in possession of atomic weapons, Iran would not halt its nuclear program.
“When an illegal regime possesses nuclear weapons, the other countries’ rights for peaceful nuclear energy can not be denied,” the semi-official Iranian news agency ISNR quoted Ahmadinejad as saying.
Israel has never confirmed or denied foreign reports that it has a nuclear arsenal.
Ahmadinejad’s remarks were the first since a United Nations-backed draft was put forth aimed at easing tensions with the West over Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
He was speaking during a meeting in Tehran the Turkish prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom he thanked for Turkey’s stance toward Israel.