Middle East nuclear talks doubtful despite Iran move

November 11, 2012 18:48

VIENNA - Plans for an international conference in December on creating a nuclear weapon free zone in the Middle East still look in doubt even though Iran has said it would attend, Western diplomats said on Sunday.

Any decision to postpone or even cancel next month's proposed talks in Helsinki on ridding the volatile region of weapons of mass destruction would probably anger Arab states which have pushed for them to be held.

But it may be a relief for Israel, which is assumed to be the only nuclear-armed state in the Middle East and has yet to say whether it will go to Finland.

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