J'lem rejects UN resolution to open nuke program to probe

December 4, 2012 18:49

Israel dismissed on Tuesday a resolution passed overwhelmingly in the UN General Assembly calling on it to open its nuclear program to inspection as a "meaningless mechanical vote" void of meaning.

The resolution, which calls on Israel to join the Non-Proliferation Treaty and immediately open up its nuclear facilities to inspection, was formulated 10 years ago and is brought to the General Assembly, and passed overwhelmingly year after year, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

The General Assembly has lost all its credibility regarding Israel with these types of routine votes that are ensured passage by an automatic majority and which single out Israel, he said.

The resolution came just days after Israel suffered a stinging loss in the UN when the General Assembly upgraded the status of the Palestinians to that of a non-member observer state. Palmor said the two votes were not connected, and the UN vote on the NPT takes place every year in December.

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