Israel will not allow Iran to obtain WMDs: Olmert
The acting Israeli PM also said he believed a diplomatic solution was possible before Iran was able to obtain N-weapons.india Updated: Jan 18, 2006 12:39 IST
Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert warned Iran on Tuesday that Israel would not let anyone who threatened its existence obtain weapons of mass destruction as officials headed to Moscow for talks over Tehran's nuclear programme.
In one of his first forays into foreign policy since taking over from the coma-stricken Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Olmert also said he believed a diplomatic solution was possible before Iran was able to obtain nuclear weapons.
"Israel cannot allow in any way or at any stage someone who has such hostile intentions against us to obtain weapons that could threaten our existence," Olmert said in talks with President Moshe Katsav.
Olmert said concerted international pressure could still bring about a diplomatic solution.
"I believe that there is a way to prevent non-conventional weapons coming into the hands of those who pose a danger to the entire world," Olmert said.
"The Iranian issue is at the top of the agenda for the Israeli government as well as the international community.
"It is being dealt within a continuous manner with contacts between the government and those in Europe and the United States."
A source in the prime minister's office said the trip by the Moscow-bound delegation, which includes national security advisor Giora Eiland and the head of Israel's atomic energy commission Gideon Frank, would "enable an exchange of views and information on the state of play with Iran's nuclear programme.
First Published: Jan 18, 2006 02:57 IST