Sep 7, 2012

Israeli attack on Iran will cause 'apocalypse' in region: Turkish PM

Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says there is a "very null probability” that Israel will launch a full-scale attack on Iran's nuclear facilities, warning that such a strike could cause an “apocalypse” in the entire region.

"I do not believe Israel will attack Iran…It's a very null probability. Otherwise would have caused an apocalypse in the entire region," Erdogan said in an interview with CNN when asked about an Israeli possible attack on Iran over its nuclear energy program.

"But I'm sure that I don't want to see anything like that happening in the region because in this day and age, that region needs peace and prosperity and stability," he added.

Israel has repeatedly threatened to attack Iran's nuclear facilities based on unsubstantiated claims that the nuclear activities of the Islamic Republic have been diverted to the acquisition of military nuclear capability.

Iran rejects the allegations, arguing that as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has the right to use the nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

The Tel Aviv regime has recently stepped up its aggressive rhetoric against Iran with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyah and Minister for Military Affairs Ehud Barak spearheading the belligerent campaign despite warnings by former and current Israeli security and intelligence officials against such a military action.

Iranian officials have promised a crushing response to any military strike against the country, warning that any such measure could result in a war that would spread beyond the Middle East.

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