ISRAEL, JERUSALEM AND CAIRO, EGYPT
Israel would take immediate steps to prevent any Arab countries developing a nuclear arms arsenal, affirmed the israeli Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, the capability to develop them, if necessary.
ISRAEL, JERUSALEM AND CAIRO, EGYPT
1. SV ISRAEL israeli fighter planes in sky (2 shots) 0.11
2. SV Car drives into defence ministry compound JERUSALEM Soldier is in background (2 shots) 0.24
3. CU Israeli Defence Minister Ariel Sharon speaks in English, as reporter, Peter Young, asks him questions (3 shots) 0.48
4. SV Map with moving indicators of Israeli attack on Iraqi nuclear reactor 1.02
5. CU Mr. Sharon speaks to Young 1.32
6. GV EGYPT EXTERIOR Of Foreign Minister's palace in Cairo, Egypt 1.34
7. SV PAN Reporter walks up palace steps 1.42
8. CU Egyptian Foreign Minister, Dr. Boutross Ghali, speaks in English to reporter, Peter Young (5 shots) 2.40
9. GV Jet on runway 2.58
TRANSCRIPT: YOUNG: (SEQ 3-5): "My question is, how far would Israel go to defend itself and would it use nuclear weapons?"
SHARON: "Israel would not use nuclear weapons."
YOUNG: "Do you have nuclear weapons?"
SHARON: "No, we don't have nuclear weapons. It doesn't mean that we don't have capability, specific capability...but we don't have and I can assure you one thing, Israel will not be the first country to use nuclear weapons."
SHARON: "We will not allow any Arab country to produce or possess nuclear weapons and by taking the nuclear reactor in Baghdad just a few months ago, first of all, I would say we saved ourselves and the rest of the countries in the Middle East from this danger, terrible threat we were facing. Israel will not allow any Arab country to possess or produce nuclear weapons. And if any Arab country will try to do so, we will take immediate steps."
YOUNG: (SEQ 8): "Sir, earlier in Israel, Mr. Sharon, the Israeli Defence Minister, stated that whilst Israel would never use a nuclear weapon, it has the capability. So you have the same nuclear capability?"
YOUNG: "Would Israel use weapons, Sir, if it had to in its own defence?"
GHALI: "But you said Israel has no nuclear weapons."
YOUNG: "But Dr. Ghali, we have been told in Israel that Israel has nuclear capability. Now, surely that means that if they have the capability, they will be prepared to use it."
GHALI: "You see again, you are...I am thinking in terms of peace and you are talking in terms of war. This is the difference between your point of view and my point of view. I believe that we must find conciliation and that through conciliation and negotiation, we can find all solutions to all our problems."
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Background: ISRAEL, JERUSALEM AND CAIRO, EGYPT
Israel would take immediate steps to prevent any Arab countries developing a nuclear arms arsenal, affirmed the israeli Defence Minister, Ariel Sharon, the capability to develop them, if necessary. Last year, Israeli jets struck Iraq's nuclear reactor destroying it. Israel faced widespread condemnation for that mission but Iraq has since halted its nuclear programme. Mr. Sharon was speaking in an exclusive interview granted to an Australian news team, which was visiting the Sinai area to report on conditions awaiting a peacekeeping force to be stationed there. Israel will hand back its occupied territory in Sinai to Egypt in April this year. Peter Young, of Sydney's Channel 10, also spoke to the Egyptian foreign Minister, Dr. Boutross Ghali, who said his nation had signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty and was emphasising the need for peace in the Middle East. He saw the solution tot he Middle East's problems as a process of conciliation and negotiation, rather than confrontation.
Source: CHANNEL TEN, SYDNEY