'Israel free to do what it wants.' Erdogan
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Turkey criticizes Israel's nuclear program

Ahead of Washington nuclear summit, Turkish PM slams Israel, says its 'free to so what it wants' because it has not signed nonproliferation treaty

Turkey's prime minister said the world is turning a blind eye to Israel's nuclear program and he intends to raise the issue at the nuclear summit in Washington.


Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Iran's nuclear program is being scrutinized because of its membership in the International Atomic Energy Agency whereas Israel, which has not signed a nonproliferation treaty, is "free to do what it wants."


Erdogan said, "We are disturbed by this and will say so." Erdogan was speaking to reporters before his departure for Washington on Sunday.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  said last week he will not head to Washington for the nuclear summit organized by US President Barack Obama.


The PM made the decision Thursday after finding out that several Muslim states intend to bring up Israel's failure to sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.


Earlier last week, the PM's Office issued an official statement announcing the trip.


Minister for Intelligence Affairs Dan Meridor will be representing Israel at the conference instead of Netanyahu along with an expert team.


פרסום ראשון: 04.11.10, 18:17
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