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International Atomic Energy Agency refuses to urge Israel to join Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the last day of its annual general conference, voted against a non-binding resolution urging Israel to accede to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

UN atomic watchdog rejects resolution against Israel, Google hosted news, By Simon Morgan (AFP) –  25 Sept 10 VIENNA — The UN atomic watchdog rejected Friday an Arab-backed resolution against Israel which the United States and its Western allies feared could have jeopardised newly relaunched Middle East peace talks.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), on the last day of its annual general conference, voted against a non-binding resolution urging Israel to accede to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The paper — which Washington had asked Arab countries not to table at all for fear it could jeopardise a conference on a nuclear weapons-free Middle East to be held in 2012 — was rejected by the 151-member general assembly with 51 votes against it, 46 votes in favour and 23 abstentions……..

Iranian ambassador Ali Asghar Soltanieh, on the other hand, accused Israel and its allies of pursuing a policy of “double standards”.

“What the US and others did today in fact undermined” the NPT, he said.

The vote was a “setback for the NPT. It damages the integrity of the NPT,” Soltanieh said.

Israel and its allies “polarised the member states. Rather than defusing tension, they created tension, they created confrontation.”

And Soltanieh vowed that the Arab states were all the more determined to table the same resolution again next year and redouble their efforts to win over supporters.

Earlier this week, Israel’s nuclear chief Shaul Chorev reiterated the Jewish state’s stance that acceding to the NPT would run against its national interests.AFP: UN atomic watchdog rejects resolution against Israel

September 25, 2010 - Posted by | 2 WORLD, politics international | , , , ,

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