TURKEY should ignore rules set by ‘the West’ and build its own NUCLEAR WEAPONS – an Imam close to president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has advised – as the fallout between Brussels and Ankara deepens.
The worrying advice has been called weeks ahead of a Turkish referendum aimed at giving more power to President Erdogan – and in the midst of a keeping fallout between Ankara and EU leaders.
Hayrettin Karaman, the Turkish AK Party’s go-to religious leader, attacked ‘the West’ in a letter which insisted Erdogan should immediately invest in weapons of mass destruction.
Turkey goes nuclear under the radar
Does Turkey’s civilian nuclear program constitute a cover for the development of a military program – as was the case in Iran? A review of Turkey’s investment in its defense industry, space industry, civilian nuclear projects and missile technology, along with its aspirations for regional hegemony, raises some tough questions.
While the negotiations between the western superpowers and Iran regarding the latter’s nuclear capabilities are approaching the finishing point, it has become clear to all of Iran’s neighbors that Iran will probably remain a nuclear threshold state. In other words, at best – it will be able to manufacture a nuclear weapon within a year of deciding to do so, and at worst – within a few months. This reality changes the strategic balance in the region, and such powerful countries as Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey have already taken steps toward the acquisition of nuclear knowledge and technology.