Tuesday, August 11, 1998 17:47

PM Netanyahu's Remarks Regarding Media Reports Concerning Israel's Nuclear Policy


In the wake of erroneous reports which appeared in the media this morning, the Prime Minister's Media Adviser wishes to clarify that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the beginning of this morning's Cabinet meeting:

1. US President Bill Clinton asked that Israel not oppose the establishment of an ad-hoc committee to begin formulating a treaty to ban the production of fissile materials.

2. This is a procedural step, which will continue for years before all of the participating countries reach an agreed-upon treaty. We made it clear that our support for the establishment of the committee does not indicate that we are taking a position on the treaty and its contents.

3. In consultation with the defense establishment, we made it clear to the United States that Israel has its own considerations, which are unique to its situation in the region. In light of this, we will need clarifications from the US. We also made it clear that we have fundamental problems with the treaty, which we will also discuss with the US. (GPO)