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UN watchdog seeks ideas to get Israel to join nuclear treaty

UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano is asking IAEA member states for ideas on how to persuade Israel to sign up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), according to a document seen today.



Vienna: UN atomic watchdog chief Yukiya Amano
is asking IAEA member states for ideas on how to persuade
Israel to sign up to the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT),
according to a document seen by AFP today.

In a letter, dated April 7 and circulated to the foreign
ministers of members states of the International Atomic Energy
Agency, Amano asked ministers to "inform me of any views that
your government might have" on the issue.

At the IAEA`s last general conference in September 2009,
member countries passed a resolution entitled "Israeli nuclear
capabilities" which called on the Jewish state "to accede to
the NPT and place all its nuclear facilities under
comprehensive IAEA safeguards."

Israel is widely considered to be the Middle East`s sole
if undeclared nuclear power and is not a signatory to the NPT.
The symbolic, non-binding resolution -- which had been
tabled by Arab states -- was passed, after some controversial
debate, with a total of 49 countries in favour, 45 against and
16 abstentions.

And although it was only a non-binding resolution, it
urged the IAEA`s director general "to work with the concerned
states towards achieving that end".

PTI

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