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No UN agreement on nuke free Middle East

Passions have grown since last September when the IAEA general assembly overrode Western objections to pass a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years.

UN agency fails to stage nuke-free Mideast talks, Google hosted news, By GEORGE JAHN (AP) –2 Sept 10 VIENNA — Tensions between Israel and Islamic nations have scuttled plans by the U.N. atomic watchdog agency to convene talks this year on a Mideast free of nuclear weapons, according to a document shared with The Associated Press.The latest failure to bring the opposing sides to the table casts further doubt on plans to hold more substantive talks in two years on such a zone, as proposed by the U.N.’s 189-nation Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty conference four months ago..

…Islamic nations have long called for Israel — which is widely believed to have nuclear arms — to open its program. Confidential documents made available to the AP in August showed increasing pressure ahead of International Atomic Energy Agency meetings later this month, with Arab nations lobbying even Washington and other Israeli allies to drop their traditional backing of the Jewish state’s nuclear secrecy and vote for a resolution calling on it to allow IAEA inspections.

A report from IAEA chief Yukiya Amano prepared for those meetings and made available Wednesday to the AP reflects the tense situation……

The latest pressure puts the Jewish state in an uncomfortable position. It wants the international community to take stern action to prevent Iran from obtaining atomic weapons but at the same time brushes off calls to come clean about its own nuclear capabilities.

Passions have grown since last September when the IAEA general assembly overrode Western objections to pass a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years.

The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for the United States and other supporters of the Jewish state.

Because the resolution passed by only a four-vote margin, lobbying by both side has intensified ahead of this month’s IAEA assembly, where the measure will likely be voted on again…..

The Associated Press: UN agency fails to stage nuke-free Mideast talks

September 2, 2010 - Posted by | MIDDLE EAST, politics international | , , ,

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