West criticised over Israel nuclear weapons

Arab states have criticised the West for allowing Israel to remain outside nuclear nonproliferation treaties.

    Saud al-Faisal says Israel should join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty

    Israel is widely believed to have nuclear weapons

    capability but has not signed major agreements, including

    the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, which is aimed at curbing

    the spread of nuclear arms.

    "What surprises us is that at a time when the International

    Atomic Energy Agency is intensifying its efforts and monitoring

    (NPT) members countries ... we see that it continues to ignore

    the rejection of Israel in not joining the treaty," Saudi

    Arabian Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal said on Monday. 

    "This constitutes a serious threat to the security and

    stability of the whole region," he told the annual

    meeting of the UN General Assembly.

    Iran pressure

    Under US pressure, the IAEA - the UN nuclear watchdog

    - has given Iran until 31 October to prove Tehran's claim it

    has no intention of developing nuclear arms and it merely hopes

    to use nuclear technology to produce electricity.

    Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher said: "It is

    unacceptable that Israel's possession of such weapons should

    remain a reality that some prefer to ignore or prevent the

    international community ... from facing it squarely and

    frankly."

    "Some quarters

    selectively choose to level their false accusations at some

    Arab and Islamic states... while simultaneously i

    gnoring the Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction,

    including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons"

    Farouq al-Shara,
    Syrian foreign minister

     

    Syria, accused by the United States of developing chemical

    and biological arms, took aim at both Washington and Israel.

    Hypocricy

    Foreign Minister Farouq al-Shara noted that "a lot has been

    said lately about the dangers of the proliferation of weapons

    of mass destruction by countries that already have different

    types of such weapons."

    "Some have even waged war under the pretext of eliminating

    these weapons," he said in an apparent reference to the United

    States and its war to oust Saddam Hussein in Iraq.

    Shara called it "regrettable... that some quarters

    selectively choose to level their false accusations at some

    Arab and Islamic states but not on others, while simultaneously i

    gnoring the Israeli arsenal of weapons of mass destruction,

    including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons".

    However, the Arab ministers repeated their support for making the

    Middle East region free from all weapons of mass destruction.

    Israel maintains an ambiguity about its weapons programmes

    but 

    is believed to have

    between 100-200 nuclear weapons, a stockpile of chemical

    weapons and an active biological arms programme.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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