Wednesday Dec 05, 201201:24 PM GMT
Israel rejects UN call for nuclear transparency
United Nations General Assembly (file photo)
United Nations General Assembly (file photo)
Wed Dec 5, 2012 1:25PM
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Israel has rejected calls by the United Nations demanding Tel Aviv to open its nuclear facilities to international inspectors and to join Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).


The Israeli regime has fiercely dismissed the United Nations' vote as a “meaningless mechanical” one, saying the world body “has lost its credibility regarding Israel.”

Tel Aviv’s harsh reaction comes after the UN General Assembly urged Israel on Monday to quickly open its nuclear program to inspection and to join the NPT “without further delay.”

The 193-member General Assembly passed the resolution with 174 ayes against six nays with six abstentions, urging Tel Aviv to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to have access to its nuclear facilities.

Only the US, Canada, Israel, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, and Palau voted against the resolution that reflects growing international concerns about suspicious Israeli nuclear activities.

The United Nations’ call for nuclear transparency comes shortly after the United States canceled a conference on making the Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

The major event has reportedly been cancelled on US worries that its long-time ally in the region, Israel, would come under fire as the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East.

On November 23, the United States announced that the conference, originally scheduled to be held in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, in December, cannot be convened at this point due to what it called the special conditions in the Middle East.

Israel, the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the Middle East, is widely known to have between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads.

The Israeli regime rejects all the regulatory international nuclear agreements -- the NPT in particular -- and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.

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