Thursday, August 30, 2012

Egypt Considering Re-starting Nuclear Program

From Israel Hayom:

Egypt may resume civilian nuclear program, Morsi says
Egyptian nuclear ambitions were discarded following the 1967 defeat at the hands of Israel. Egypt signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 1968 but delayed ratifying it, presumably because it had evidence that Israel had embarked on a nuclear weapons program • Ehud Barak: Israel doesn't see Egypt working toward a military nuclear program.

Egypt is considering reopening its nuclear energy program, President Mohammed Morsi told a group of Egyptian expatriates living in China on Wednesday evening. 

"Cairo is considering anew the Egyptian nuclear program, which will be purely for civilian purposes, to provide clean energy to the citizens of Egypt," Morsi said. He was in China on an official visit before traveling to Iran to attend the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Tehran.

Responding to the report, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told Army Radio on Thursday morning that there were "many nations" that had civilian nuclear energy programs, and that "Israel doesn't see Egypt working toward a military nuclear program."...MORE
There is at least one person who disagrees with the Israeli Defense Minister.
From the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI):

Retired Egyptian General Abd Al-Hamid Umran: Egypt Should Obtain Nuclear Weapons to Deter Israel
(video 01:26)