Released Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu has called for the country’s Dimona nuclear reactor to be opened for world inspection.
Vanunu, who walked out of the Shikma prison in the Israeli town of Ashkelon on Wednesday, where he was imprisoned for 18 years, said Western leaders such as US President George Bush, Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder and Vladimir Putin should “speak up” on Israel’s nuclear secrets.
“Israel doesn’t need nuclear weapons, especially now that all of the Middle East is free from nuclear arms. My message today to all the world is open the Dimona reactor for inspections,” he said.
Vanunu was jailed in 1986, reportedly for treason, after disclosing information to Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper which led analysts to conclude Israel had produced more than 100 nuclear warheads.
On another note, Vanunu reiterated that “I don’t think we need a Jewish state” and added “the Jewish state needs to solve its problems with the Palestinians”.
Hmmm, knock knock IAEA and UN Security Council, anybody home?
Or are you too busy inspecting and sanctioning countries that the US tells you to?
[Source: Al Jazeera]