ANKARA - It is unacceptable for nuclear-armed states to tell Turkey whether or not it can acquire atomic weapons, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.
Addressing an AK Party gathering in Turkey's central province of Sivas on Wednesday, Erdogan said it is not OK for developed nations, including the United States and Russia, to possess nuclear warheads while Turkey cannot.
"Some countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two. But we can't have them. This, I cannot accept," Erdogan said, as reported by Reuters news agency.
The Turkish president cited Israel as a regional power that has a military nuclear programme.
"We have Israel nearby, almost as neighbours. They scare [other nations] by possessing these. No one can touch them," he said, according to Reuters.