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Peres: Israel to Weigh Chemical-Weapon Ban

Israeli President Shimon Peres on Monday said his government would "seriously" weigh joining an international chemical-arms ban following Syria's accession to the regime earlier this month, Reuters reported.

Despite holding little formal policy-making authority, Peres holds considerable sway and held a key role in the inception of Israel's undeclared nuclear-weapons program, the news agency said.

Russia on Monday said it would seize on Syria's recent chemical-arms steps by attempting to revive efforts to convene international talks on establishing the Middle East as an area free of weapons of mass destruction, Reuters reported separately.

NTI Analysis

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This article provides an overview of Israel's historical and current policies relating to nuclear, chemical, biological and missile proliferation.

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