Egypt FM: Region should be nuclear free

Published September 28th, 2009 - 01:40 GMT

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit said in comments published in the press on Monday that the new uranium enrichment plant recently revealed by Iran triggered "mounting suspicions". "There are increasing suspicions and the new plant in Qom (southwest of Tehran) signals intentions that should not be allowed," Abul Gheit told the Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper.


The discovery of the plant's existence "is a negative development and we believe that Iran should have notified the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) years ago."


According to him, the need for the region, including Israel, to be free of nuclear weapons. "We are not only talking about the Iranian danger but saying that Iran should halt its activities and Israel should abandon its arms," he told the daily.



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