UN nuclear meeting rejects Arab push for Israel to join weapons pact


Member states of the UN nuclear agency voted down an Arab-backed resolution targeting the Jewish state for criticism over its clandestine nuclear weapons arsenal.

International Atomic Energy Agency headquarters Vienna

Fifty-one countries voted against the so-called ‘Israeli Nuclear Capabilities’ measure and 43 states voted for it in what was viewed as a victory for the United States, which opposed the initiative.

Arab states, frustrated over the indefinite postponement last year of an international conference on banning atomic arms in the region, proposed the measure at the annual member state gathering of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The US had pushed for the Jewish state’s neighbors to refrain from putting the text forward.

If adopted, Israel would have been compelled to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place its nuclear facilities under IAEA monitoring.  Diplomats had expected a close vote.


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  1. The UN needs to be consisntent and critize countries such as israel and US for having nuclear weapons. There is no proof that Iran has nuclear weapons.

    The leaders of Israel are diverting the international communities attention away from their own weapons of mass destruction.

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