Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday was unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to forbid Ankara from obtaining its own nuclear weapons, but did not say whether Turkey had plans to obtain them.
“Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But (they tell us) we can’t have them. This, I cannot accept,” he was quoted a saying by Hurriyet to his ruling AKP members in the eastern city of Sivas.
“There is no developed nation in the world that doesn’t have them,” Erdogan said.
Turkey signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty in 1980, and has also signed the 1996 Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, which bans all nuclear detonations for any purpose.
Erdogan hinted that he wanted the same protection for Turkey as Israel.
“We have Israel nearby, as almost neighbours. They scare (other nations) by possessing these. Noone can touch them.”
Erdogan hints that Turkey may need to obtain nuclear warheads,
“Some have nuclear missiles, [but they tell us] we shouldn’t have nuclear missiles.
I don’t accept this.
US and Russia have them. Every developing nation has them” pic.twitter.com/xwvRjuMdNq
— Ragıp Soylu (@ragipsoylu) September 4, 2019