An Israeli official says Israel is considering plans to build a nuclear power station in its southern Negev desert.

Israel Army Radio quoted Infrastructure Minister Binyamin Ben-Elizer as saying he has the support of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and that the plan would be considered in coming months.

The construction of a nuclear power plant could draw renewed attention to what is widely believed to be Israel's nuclear weapons program.  Following a policy that it calls "nuclear ambiguity," Israel has never admitted nor denied having a nuclear weapons program.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.