'US agrees to nuclear cooperation'

Report: Washington to use new, positive terminology on Israel.

July 7, 2010 11:08
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Obama and Netanyahu meet in July 2010

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The US sent Israel a secret letter, in which it committed to nuclear cooperation between the two states, Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

In the letter, the US reportedly promises to sell Israel materials used to produce electricity, as well as technology and other supplies, despite the fact that Israel did not sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

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Because Israel never signed the NPT, other countries have refused to cooperate with Israel on nuclear matters, making it difficult to produce energy.

Army Radio also reported that the US said it would use new terminology in reference to Israel and speak positively about Israel in public. The US reportedly agreed say Israel is "a responsible state that behaves in moderation relative to its capabilities."

Publicly, the US and Israel will keep the status quo. At the end of Tuesday's meeting between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama, the latter said “there is no change in US policy” when it comes to the NPT, even though the US signed on to a document at the recent treaty review conference that singled out Israel, a non-signatory to the NPT widely believed to have a nuclear arsenal. The decision was viewed with alarm in Israel, with many worried that the move cleared the way for the US to pressure Israel to sign the treaty.

“We strongly believe that, given its size, its history, the region that it’s in, and the threats that are leveled against us – against it, that Israel has unique security requirements. It’s got to be able to respond to threats or any combination of threats in the region,” Obama told reporters. “The United States will never ask Israel to take any steps that would undermine their security interests.”

Hilary Leila Krieger contributed to this article.


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