Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2010 by Agence
rejects offer to join UN atomic agency Israel
It is against
Arab states have tabled a resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency annual conference in
"Israel is not the only member state ... that has exercised its sovereign right not to accede to the NPT due to its national security considerations,"
"Indeed, the advancement of states' accessions to international treaties does not fall within the mandate of the (IAEA)," he said.
The Jewish state is the only
Chorev said the resolution tabled by the Arab states was part of a "political campaign to defame the state of
It was "incompatible with basic principles and norms of international law and does not fall within the mandate of the agency as defined in its statute," he said.
"Moreover, this resolution ... ignores the adverse reality in the
He said that Middle East states such as
"These four cases make it absolutely clear that the NPT is unable to adequately address the security challenges in the
"The serious threat to the NPT and the non-proliferation regime is posed from within by those states that pursue nuclear weapons under the cover of their NPT membership."
The Arab states' resolution, which has been tabled every year for the past few years, is expected to be debated on Thursday.
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