UN agency calls rare mideast nuclear talks
Arab states, Israel signalled readiness to join talks; But Iran says no "justification" for proposed forum now; Arabs see presumed Israeli nuclear weapons as continued threat
September 3, 2011 4:20 by Reuters
…country in the region outside the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
Arab states, backed by Iran, say this poses a threat to peace and stability. They want Israel to subject all its atomic facilities to IAEA monitoring.
Israel, which has never confirmed or denied having atom bombs, says it will only join the NPT if there is a comprehensive Middle East peace. If it signed the pact, the Jewish state would have to renounce nuclear weaponry. (Reporting by Fredrik Dahl; Editing by Rosalind Russell)
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