[THS] Israels Nuclear Capability: Nuclear Hypocrisy
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Mon Sep 6 14:05:26 CEST 2010
UN Atomic Agency Curtails Probe of Israels Nuclear Capability
By Jonathan Tirone
September 06, 2010 (Bloomberg) -Sept, 03, 2010-- United Nations investigators,
ordered to write a report about Israels atomic capabilities, said they couldnt compile
enough information to assess the extent of the countrys nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency released documents today showing a split
between member countries who want more light shed on Israels nuclear work and
others that say the Vienna-based organization doesnt have the right to pry. The
IAEAs 151 members voted in September 2009 to have the agency review Israels
program as part of an effort to create a nuclear-weapons-free Middle East.
Israel declined to cooperate with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amanos inquiry on
political and legal grounds, Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman said in a July 26
letter among the 81 pages of documents, calling the probe unjustified. Amano
asked Israel to consider signing the Nuclear Non- Proliferation Treaty when he visited
the country last month.
Countries including Canada, the U.K. and U.S. opposed the probe, saying that the
inquiry risked turning the IAEA into a political battleground, according to the
documents. Others, including China, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and Turkey,
supported the investigation. Divisions over Israel will be discussed at the IAEAs
annual General Conference which convenes Sept. 20 in the Austrian capital,
according to a provisional agenda of the meeting.
Israel has refused to open its nuclear facility in Dimona to UN inspectors. It says the
site is a research facility. IAEA inspectors make routine checks, aimed at preventing
the removal of atomic bomb-making material, from Israels Soreq Nuclear Research
While Israel has never acknowledged having atomic weapons, the Carnegie
Endowment for International Peace, a Washington- based policy study group,
estimates that the Jewish state possesses enough material for between 100 and 170
--Editors: Eddie Buckle, Philip Sanders.
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