Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday it was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states like Israel to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons.
“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” he told his ruling AK Party members in the eastern city of Sivas.
“There is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Erdogan said. In fact, many developed countries do not have nuclear weapons.
“We have Israel nearby, as almost neighbours. They scare (other nations) by possessing these. No one can touch them.”
Turkey signed the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty in 1980, and has also signed the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear detonations for any purpose.
Foreign analysts say Israel possesses a sizable nuclear arsenal that includes more than 270 missiles with nuclear warheads.
However, the occupation state maintains a policy of ambiguity around the nuclear issue, refusing to confirm or deny its capabilities.