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Arab States Demand Focus on Israeli Nuclear Capacities
The measure is intended for consideration at a September meeting of International Atomic Energy Agency member nations.
"Israel alone possesses nuclear capabilities, which are undeclared and not subject to international control thus constituting a permanent threat to peace and security in the region," the countries said in a statement accompanying the draft resolution sent to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.
The measure itself "expresses concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities, and calls upon Israel to accede to the [Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty] and place all of its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA [inspections]."
Arab governments are pushing to focus attention on Israeli atomic activities because they hold Tel Aviv and Washington responsible for a missed 2012 deadline for holding talks on a potential Middle Eastern WMD ban, according to one insider.
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May 8, 2014
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