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Nuke treaty session hunts for Mideast compromise

Nuke treaty session hunts for Mideast compromise

Diplomats at a U.N. nuclear treaty conference are meeting into the night to try to break a deadlock between the Arabs and Israel's allies over a plan to turn the Middle East into a nuclear weapons-free zone.
A deal would likely clear the way for a broader consensus agreement Friday on doing more to check the spread of nuclear arms worldwide. That would successfully end a monthlong, 189-nation conference to review and strengthen the 40-year-old Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty.
A draft final declaration would have the twice-a-decade treaty review session call for convening a conference in 2012 on establishing the Middle East as a zone free of weapons of mass destruction. It also would press Israel to join the nonproliferation treaty, requiring it to dismantle its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal. One dispute centers on Israel's insistence not to be mentioned in that way.