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Turkey’s Nuclear Bluff Unsettles Neighbors

Did Erdoğan set off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East?

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the populist leader of Turkey, hinted Wednesday night that he was interested in acquiring nuclear weapons.

  • Matthew Petti
  • The National Interest

His speech was aimed at a nationalist audience at home, but the sudden talk of a Turkish bomb has rattled many of Turkey’s allies and neighbors.

“Several countries have missiles with nuclear warheads, not one or two.

But we can’t have them.

This I cannot accept,”

Erdoğan said during a

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