IAEA assembly adopts resolution calling for WMD-free Middle East

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September 18, 2009 01:13

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The UN nuclear annual assembly on Thursday adopted a resolution urging all Middle East nations to forswear nuclear weapons, Reuters reported. The International Atomic Energy Agency assembly approved the resolution by 100-1 with four abstentions, compared with 82-0 with 13 abstentions in 2008. According to the report, Israel was the only country to vote no in the non-binding ballot, because the resolution called "upon all states in the region to accede" to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The US abstained from Thursday's vote but US Ambassador to the IAEA Glyn Davies said Washington was committed to the goal of Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. "We are very pleased with the agreed approach reflected here today," Davies was quoted as saying after the vote.


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