Israel refuses to be part of nuclear-free Mideast

Israel on Saturday refused to be included in a conference aimed at achieving a nuclear-free Mideast.

Zeenews Bureau

Jerusalem: Israel on Saturday refused to be included in a conference aimed at achieving a nuclear-free Mideast.

As per an Israeli government statement, "It ignores the realities of the Middle East and the real threats facing the region and the entire world. Given the distorted nature of this resolution, Israel will not be able to take part in its implementation."

In a departure from tradition of not singling out countries by name, the United Nations has this time asked India, Pakistan and Israel to join Nuclear non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT) without further delay and pre-conditions.

The call to the three countries came at the end of the month-long 2010 NPT review conference here yesterday.

While India and Pakistan were mentioned in the section on South Asia, Israel was the only country to be mentioned in the Middle East section. The three countries did not attend the conference.