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#1 Floppin

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 10:50 PM

As nuclear peace talks are cancelled, overwhelming vote by general assembly calls for Israel to join nonproliferation treaty

The UN general assembly has overwhelmingly approved a resolution calling on Israel to open its nuclear programme for inspection.

The resolution, approved by a vote of 174 to six with six abstentions, calls on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) "without further delay" and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic Energy Agency. Those voting against were Israel, the US, Canada, Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau.

Resolutions adopted by the 193-member general assembly are not legally binding but they do reflect world opinion and carry moral and political weight. And the resolution adds to pressure on Israel as it faces criticism over plans to increase settlement in the West Bank, a move seen as retaliation for the assembly recognising Palestinian statehood.

Israel refuses to confirm or deny possessing nuclear bombs though it is widely believed to have them. It has refused to join the non-proliferation treaty along with three nuclear weapon states: India, Pakistan and North Korea.

Israel insists there must first be a Middle East peace agreement before the establishment of a proposed regional zone free of weapons of mass destruction. Its rivals in the region argue that Israel's undeclared nuclear arsenal presents the greatest threat to peace in the region.

While the US voted against the resolution, it voted in favour of two paragraphs in it that were put to separate votes. Both support universal adherence to the NPT and call on those countries that aren't parties to ratify it "at the earliest date". The only no votes on those paragraphs were Israel and India.

The vote came as a sequel to the cancellation of a high-level conference aimed at banning nuclear weapons from the Middle East. All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the summit in mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the US announced on 23 November that it would not take place, citing political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on non-proliferation. Iran and some Arab nations countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to attend.


http://www.guardian....lear-inspectors

Hah, yeah right. The US and Zionists will NEVER let this poo happen.

#2 pstall

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Posted 04 December 2012 - 11:50 PM

if the tide turns on this, could lead to some wild stuff.

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 12:03 AM

it's saddening to me that the majority of americans who toss around the "i stand with israel!!!!" stuff don't have the first clue what a zionist is or zionism is different from israeli statehood. they vaguely know that israel is in the bible and a bunch of stuff happens there in the left behind series so we gotta support them against those turdbag palestinians.

i've met a number of different israelis in my travels worldwide, all in their mid-twenties. the first four were a group of extraordinarily attractive girls in australia who'd just finished their mandatory military service and were traveling the world. another was a guy in laos who i discussed politics with extensively, and he was the first person to really open my eyes as to the internal ideological conflict israel faces. according to him there's a massive contingent within israel that's frustrated with the apartheid-like actions taken by the government, but most of them are being pushed aside as "un-israeli" and "enemy sympathizers."

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 01:41 AM

Whats good for the goose...

They don't want peace. Far from it. They need a serious change in leadership over there.

#5 Harris Aballah

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 07:21 AM

I could save the un a lot of time if they want to inspect thier nuclear program. It's simple! They've got nukes. Now what?

#6 Floppin

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Posted 05 December 2012 - 05:45 PM

Israel has rebuffed a UN call to adhere to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open itself to international inspectors, calling the suggestion a "meaningless mechanical vote" of a body that "lost all its credibility regarding Israel."

In a 174-6 vote, the United Nations General Assembly demanded in a non-binding call that Tel Aviv join the NPT "without further delay," in an effort to create a legally binding nuclear-free Middle East.

Washington, Israel's strongest ally, surprised no one by voting against the resolution - but did approve two paragraphs that were voted on separately, which called for universal adherence to the NPT and for all non-signatory governments to join.

The UN body "has lost all its credibility regarding Israel with these types of routine votes that are ensured passage by an automatic majority and which single out Israel," Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor was quoted by Jerusalem Post as saying.

The Assembly's call on Israel comes days after a large majority of its members voted to grant Palestine statehood state status and just weeks after the an escalation of violence between Gazans and Israel's occupation forces. Palmor stressed, however, that since the NPT vote takes place annually, the Palestinian victory is not connected.

Israel is not a signatory to the 1970 Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty, the main objective of which is to is to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and weapons technology. Despite near-universal acknowledgement that Tel Aviv maintains a powerful nuclear arsenal, Israeli officials promote a position claiming their government will "not be the first country to introduce weapons into the Middle East."

The Middle East's only democracy possesses as many as 400 nuclear warheads, along with various ways to deliver them. It is also one of four countries known to have nuclear weapons that are not recognized as Nuclear Weapons States by the NPT. The others are India, North Korea and Pakistan.

Israel follows a policy known as "nuclear opacity," which it sees as a deterrent against its neighbors.

The timing of the Israeli dismissal of the call for transparency comes less than two weeks after Washington's withdrawal from December's nuclear-free Middle East conference, to be held in Finland and sponsored by Russia, the UK and the US.

State Department officials said the international effort is being postponed because of "a deep conceptual gap [that] persists in the region on approaches towards regional security and arms control arrangements," and because "states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions" for the meeting, quotes the IPS.

But many blamed Israel's refusal to accept the terms as the real reason for postponing the regional nuclear drive.

"The truth is that the Israeli regime is the only party which rejected to conditions for a conference," Iranian diplomat Khodadad Seifi told the General Assembly on Monday, as he called for "strong pressure on that regime to participate in the conference without any preconditions."



https://rt.com/news/...ansparency-298/

Yep, that's about how I expected them to respond.

#7 CardiacCats

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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:50 AM

WORLD WAR 3


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