U.S. OFFICIAL: ISRAEL MIGHT ATTACK IRAN'S NUKE SITES
Mon Jan 31 2005 02:44:11 ET
American envoy John Bolton, the State Department's top international security official, repeated U.S. allegations Monday about an Iranian nuclear weapons program and said Israel might attack Iran's nuclear sites because the Jewish state has "a history" of such actions.
"The vice president said we're very concerned that this might happen," Bolton said, referring to a recent statement by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Israel destroyed the Osirak reactor in Iraq. They have a history of this," Bolton said.
Earlier this month Cheney said it was possible Israel might attack Iran if it became convinced Tehran posed a nuclear threat.
Israel's nuclear weapons program is thought to include about 200 warheads deployed on ballistic missiles and aircraft and on three submarines, according to the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Israel is also believed to stock chemical and biological weapons, according to the Carnegie Endowment and the Monterey Institute of International Studies, which track such issues.
Israeli officials do not comment on the country's nuclear weapons potential.
"Israel isn't a threat to the United States. We don't treat different cases the same," he said, adding that the United States favors "a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction."