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U.N. atom body rejects Arab move targeting Israel

US was against resolution.

September 25, 2010 4:09 by

Member states of the U.N. nuclear watchdog rejected on Friday an Arab-proposed resolution calling on Israel to join a global anti-atomic arms treaty.

The United States had urged countries to vote against the non-binding resolution, saying it could derail broader efforts to ban such arms in the Middle East and also send a negative signal to the relaunched Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

The general assembly of the 151-member International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) failed to pass the resolution with 51 against, 46 votes for and 23 abstentions.

(Reporting by Fredrik Dahl and Sylvia Westall)

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