Israel: No to Middle East Nuke Talks
Posted on May 29, 2010
Israel has publicly denied that it has a nuclear program and pointed to the fact that India and Pakistan, two countries with announced nuclear programs, were not criticized in the document but have also not yet signed the nonproliferation treaty. —JCL
Israel says it will not take part in a conference aimed at achieving a nuclear-arms free Middle East, proposed at a UN meeting in New York.
Nearly 200 nations, signatories of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), backed plans for the meeting in 2012.
In a document agreed at the talks, Israel was singled out for criticism.
Israel, which has not signed the NPT, dismissed the document as “deeply flawed” and “hypocritical”.
Mordechai Vanunu, a former Israeli nuclear technician who leaked details of Israel’s nuclear weapons program to the British press in 1986, took this photograph of an Israeli nuclear research center glove box containing nuclear materials.