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Turkey: Erdogan rejects constraints on nuclear capabilities

September 5, 2019
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects a guard of honour upon his arrival for ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sivas Congress, a milestone on the Turkish War of Independence, in Sivas, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inspects a guard of honour upon his arrival for ceremonies to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Sivas Congress, a milestone on the Turkish War of Independence, in Sivas, Turkey, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019.(Presidential Press Service via AP, Pool)

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says it is unacceptable for states with nuclear arms to tell Turkey that it cannot have missiles with nuclear warheads.

In comments late Wednesday to his ruling party’s officials in the eastern city of Sivas, Erdogan also criticized Israel, saying its nuclear weapons are a threat to other nations.

State-run Anadolu Agency quoted Erdogan as saying: “Some nations have missiles with nuclear warheads — not just one or two. But (they say) I should not have missiles with nuclear warheads. I don’t accept this.”

He did not say whether Turkey intends to acquire any nuclear warheads, but he stated that “almost all” developed nations had them.

On Israel, he said: “We have Israel nearby, don’t we? They scare (other nations) with these.”

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