Erdogan says it’s unacceptable that Israel has nuclear weapons and Turkey can not
As NATO’s most controversial member is busy deploying Russia’s S-400 anti-air defense systems, Erdogan on Wednesday suggested Turkey should seek nuclear weapons and said that it was unacceptable to forbid Ankara from obtaining them.
“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them,” he told his ruling AK Party members in the eastern city of Sivas.
“I don’t accept this,” Erdogan said. “The US and Russia have them. Every developing nation has them.”
In fact, many developed countries do not have nuclear weapons.
Erdogan hinted that he wanted the same protection for Turkey as Israel.
“We have Israel nearby, as almost neighbors. They scare (other nations) by possessing these. No one can touch them.”
Turkey signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1980 and has also signed the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear detonations for any purpose.