NATO chief does not expect Israel to abandon its “supposed nuclear arsenal”

NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said Monday he doubted that the world could stop Iran from building a nuclear bomb. Therefore, as a result of Iran’s nuclear activities, he would never expect Israel to abandon its own, “supposed nuclear arsenal.” Scheffer added: “As we all know, Israel never admits to what it has, but I do not see very many arguments for the Jewish state to abandon its potential.” The NATO chief was addressing a World Policy Conference organized by France’s IFRI foreign affairs think tank in southeast France.
“My concern is that the Security Council, as we speak, is rather incapable of coming to further conclusions on further sanctions,” Scheffer said.
“What is as dangerous (as the nuclear program) is the missile technology which (Iran) is also developing at a fast pace,” he said. “This becomes an element for the security of the United States and of course Europe.
Iran has a series of medium-range missiles, which experts say could target Israel. Tehran has also said it is working on long-range missiles.

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