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Israel warned the International Atomic Energy Agency against accepting an Arab-sponsored resolution urging Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and to open its nuclear activities to inspection, Reuters reported on Friday.
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During a debate at the annual assembly of the UN's nuclear watchdog in Vienna, an Israeli delegate, Ehud Azoulay, stated that the resolution could deal a "fatal blow" to future cooperation on boosting Middle East security.
Egypt accused Israel on Wednesday of displaying "chutzpah" — blatant shamelessness — in unusually harsh comments at a 151-nation meeting on the issue of a nuclear-free Mideast.
The remarks at the International Atomic Energy Agency's general
conference reflect the bitterness dividing Arab nations and Israel and
its supporters over whether Israel should open up its nuclear program to
the UN watchdog's perusal.
The Egyptians issued the statement Wednesday after Israel accused Egypt
of unfairly singling out the Jewish state while ignoring its own
commitments to the IAEA.
Egyptian delegate Aly Omar Sirry characterized those comments as
"demonstrating the full meaning of the world chutzpah" — a Hebrew world
for blatant shamelessness.
Israel is commonly considered to be the only Mideast nation with nuclear weapons.
The conference was sceduled to vote on the resolution this week.