IAEA Yukiya Amano 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS / Herwig Prammer)
A group of Arab nations on Friday withdrew a resolution they had considered
submitting at a meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency aimed at
condemning Israel’s nuclear activities.
Israel and the United States had
spent the past few months working behind the scenes to torpedo the submission of
the resolution called “Israel’s nuclear capabilities.” Last year, it was
brought to a vote and lost, possibly one of the reasons why the Arab nations
ultimately decided not to raise the resolution this year.
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Also on Friday,
Israel voted against a resolution calling on all states in the Middle East to
sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty, which Israel is not a signatory to, despite
having a nuclear capability, according to foreign reports.
Atomic Energy Commission said that Iran, which was a signatory of the treaty,
consistently violated it while Israel, on the other hand, maintained a
responsible and restrained nuclear policy.
“Israel will not be the first
to introduce nuclear weapons into the Middle East, and the implementation of the
NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] in the Middle East has been proven to be
irrelevant by countries like Libya, Iraq, Syria and Iran,” the commission said.
“Israel will continue to maintain its sovereign right to decide which
international treaties it will sign on to.”
Israel also abstained in the
vote on a resolution calling for increased IAEA supervision in the Middle
“Israel hopes that the removal of the resolution called ‘Israel’s
nuclear capabilities’ from the conference’s agenda will enable the IAEA to focus
on the truly important issues it needs to, like supervision of nuclear
facilities, safety and technology,” the Israel Atomic Energy Commission
On Tuesday, commission chief Dr. Shaul Chorev warned that Iran was
directly involved in activities related to the design and testing of nuclear
weapons. “Not only is Iran continuing its enrichment-related activities in
defiance of UN Security Council resolutions, but it is also engaged in
activities directly related to the design and testing of nuclear weapons,”