Netanyahu Discusses Russian and Iranian Relations
Moscow NTV, 12 March 1997
(excerpt from "Hero of the Day," with Yevgeniy Kiselev)
[FBIS Translated Excerpt] [Passage omitted] [Kiselev]
[Kiselev] Let me put my final question to you, about
the talks here in Moscow and the differences between you and
the Russian Government. Can you possibly describe your
position with regard to Russia's nuclear cooperation with
Iran? We are aware that Israel is concerned over this, and
yesterday our Foreign Minister Mr. Yevgeniy Primakov said he
did not share your concern, your fears that this cooperation
may threaten Israel's security.
[Netanyahu] Iran is pursuing irrational policies. It is
a major exporter of instability, radicalism, and terrorism
to the whole world. This unstable regime in Iran did not in
the past hesitate to launch its ballistic missiles with
other countries as targets. If they have nuclear weapons,
they likewise will have no qualms about whether to launch
them or not. Regimes with dreams of world domination exist
right now. If they receive the means of delivery, ballistic
missiles, and nuclear weapons, no one will be able to feel
secure--Moscow will not be secure, nor will Israel, nor Tel
Of course I criticized the Soviet Union. We were no
friends of the communist regime; that is known. There was,
however, one positive aspect: the Soviet Union was aware
that it should not allow the proliferation of nuclear
weapons and ballistic technologies and that it should not
make these technological advances available to other
regimes. This policy deserves respect, in my view. It should
[Kiselev] Mr. Prime Minister, thank you very much for
your answers to our questions.
[Netanyahu] Thank you.
[Kiselev] This was the interview which Israeli Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave to the "Hero of the Day"
program today, concluding his visit to Russia.
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