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'Catastrophic' if Iran got nuclear weapons


Israel's deputy Prime Minister has said that if Iran were to acquire nuclear weapons, it would be "almost catastrophic".

Dan Meridor, who is alos the country's minister for intelligence and atomic energy, said that "it would be a different world altogether", and the "beginning of a nuclear race" if Iran were to get nuclear weapons.

Mr Meridor, who is in London to speak at the The International Institute for Strategic Studies about Israel's perspective on the changing strategic landscape in the Middle East was reflecting on the growing concern in Israel about the implications of Iran's nuclear programme.

He said that America and the European Union have taken "important steps" in imposing economic sanctions, adding that "we're in the eye of the storm".

But he said that "this is not an Israeli story" and that "stating and setting deadlines and red lines is not very helpful"

"It sends shivers of fear to all Arab countries and is against the basic stability of the region", he continued.

He finished by saying there is "no way out but one. Stop the nuclear project".

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