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Arab move to censure Israel stymied at UN meeting

 Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan arrives at the general conference of the IAEA, at the Interna...
 U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Glyn Davies  laughs at the general conference of the IAEA, at the International Cent...
 Reza Pourmand Tehrani deputy permanent representative to the UN from Iran delivers a speech at the general conference of International Atomic Energy ...

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano of Japan arrives at the general conference of the IAEA, at the Interna...

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U.S. ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Glyn Davies laughs at the general conference of the IAEA, at the International Cent...

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Reza Pourmand Tehrani deputy permanent representative to the UN from Iran delivers a speech at the general conference of International Atomic Energy ...

A 151-nation meeting of the U.N. nuclear agency narrowly defeated an Arab push Friday to censure Israel for not opening its nuclear activities to inspection in a closely watched result that the U.S. said was a positive signal for ongoing Mideast peace talks.
Of nations present at the International Atomic Energy Agency assembly, 51 voted against a resolution called "Israeli Nuclear Capabilities." Fifty-one voted for, 23 abstained and the rest were absent.
A senior U.S. envoy said the vote was significant in the context of continuing Israel-Palestinian peace talks and U.S.-backed plans to stage a major conference on a Mideast nuclear free zone in two years.
"It preserves a chance for the movement eventually toward a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction, once peace there is achieved," said Glyn Davies, Washington's chief IAEA delegate. "It sends the right positive signal to the peace process and really allows that process to go ahead."
Before the vote, the U.S. and other allies of Israel had maintained that passage of the resolution would threaten both the talks and the chances of staging a high-level Mideast nuclear meeting _ arguments countered by Islamic nations and their supporters, who said the resolution would advance the creation of a nuclear free zone.
The resolution expressed "concern about the Israeli nuclear capabilities," while urging the Jewish state to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and to open its nuclear facilities to IAEA inspection. Davies said the vote had "created neither winners or losers."
Despite that view, however, the tie vote under which the referendum failed to pass, reflected the deep division on the Mideast between developed and developing nations. Most industrialized countries and their allies voted against the measure, while developing countries backed the Arab-sponsored resolution.
Iranian chief delegate Ali Asghar Soltanieh, whose country was among the most ardent backers, claimed victory despite the motion's defeat, telling reporters the vote and surrounding discussion kept pressure on Israel, which is commonly considered to be the only Mideast nation to posses nuclear weapons.
Still, the result was disappointing to supporters of the resolution, who had hoped to build on the momentum of last year, when the IAEA assembly overrode Western objections to pass a similar resolution directly criticizing Israel and its atomic program for the first time in 18 years.


Updated : 2021-10-18 01:08 GMT+08:00