Rome within Iran missile range: Israeli FM

Nov. 2, 2005 at 9:11 AM
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TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Rome is within range of Iran's nuclear-capable missiles, Israel's foreign minister has warned.

Israeli Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom gave the warning Tuesday to his visiting Italian opposite number, Foreign Minister Gianfranco Fini, during a discussion on the Iranian nuclear crisis, the Tel Aviv newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported on its ynet.com Web site.

Fini told a press conference following their meeting that should Iran acquire nuclear weapons, it would severely threaten not only Israel but the entire international community. He said the United Nations Security Council must deal with the Iranian matter as soon as possible.

Fini told Shalom that the Italian government of Silvio Berlusconi saw the Iranian nuclear threat eye to eye with Israel, ynet.com said. He also told Shalom that he intended to participate Thursday in a mass protest demonstration opposite the Iranian Embassy in Rome, initiated by the Italian newspaper Il Foglio.

When asked about the possibility of military action against Iran, Shalom said Israel would do all that it can in order to stop Iran's nuclear program, but only diplomatically. He added that Israel was part of the international community and that the world was more firm than ever in stopping extremists, ynet.com said

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