In Light of the Korean Bomb

[Ha'aretz] Editorial - if North Korea can challenge the Non-Proliferation Regime without suffering the consequences, one should not assume that the third member of the "axis of evil," Iran, will take fright and cancel its plans to acquire nuclear arms. Iran may even speed up its efforts and form a strategic alliance with North Korea, one of its main suppliers of missiles, that will include the sale of off-the-shelf nuclear weapons. Iran's nuclear program poses a direct threat to Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf states. The North Korean nuclear test is a reminder to Israel regarding the right order of its priorities: above all, it must ensure its existence, by retaining its power, limiting possible conflicts through diplomatic compromises, and forming alliances with global and regional powers.

2006-10-10 01:00:00

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