At the Hay Festival in Wales, former United States President Jimmy Carter stated that Israel has amassed a nuclear arsenal of at least 150 weapons that could be deployed on targets in a “a possible nuclear-armed Iran”.
Ex-US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has at least 150 atomic weapons in its arsenal.
The Israelis have never confirmed they have nuclear weapons, but this has been widely assumed since a scientist leaked details in the 1980s.
Mr Carter made his comments on Israel’s weapons at a press conference at the annual literary Hay Festival in Wales.
He also described Israeli treatment of Palestinians as “one of the greatest human rights crimes on earth”.
Mr Carter gave the figure for the Israeli nuclear arsenal in response to a question on US policy on a possible nuclear-armed Iran, arguing that any newly armed country faced overwhelming odds.
“The US has more than 12,000 nuclear weapons; the Soviet Union (sic) has about the same; Great Britain and France have several hundred, and Israel has 150 or more,” festival organisers quoted him as saying.
“We have a phalanx of enormous weaponry… not only of enormous weaponry but of rockets to deliver those missiles on a pinpoint accuracy target.”