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The I-A-E-A General Conference in Vienna voted down an Arab-sponsored resolution targeting the Israeli nuclear capabilities with fifty-one countries voted against the draft document and 43 voted for it. The text, submitted for the first time since 2010 called on Israel to join a global anti-nuclear weapons pact and place its atomic facilities under IAEA monitoring.


Israel is widely believed to possess from 75 to 400 nuclear weapons, including thermonuclear weapons in the megaton range but it has not publicly acknowledged. Israel is not a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and, as a result, is not obligated to allow IAEA inspectors into its nuclear facilities.

Countries that raised the issue of Israel’s nuclear capabilities insist that the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone is a key to secure stability and peace in the Middle East. This requires international community to put pressure on Israel as it is believed to be the only possessor of nuclear weapons in the region.

Iran says ignoring the legitimate concerns of the international community seriously threatens regional peace and security.

While responding, Israel has tried to repel an attack by mentioning Iran’s and Syria’s nuclear programs which however are regulated by the NPT. To overcome the impasse, the Arab states, Iran and Israel were suggested to hold multilateral consultations, however they have not yet taken place because of the key parties’ disagreements over their terms and conditions.

Israel says the issue is politisized, while Syria repelled the attack saying the agency should avoid double standrads.

Despite the global concern over the issue, the proposed resolution was narrowly defeated to push Israel to accede to the NPT. The measure was defeated by 51 votes against and 43 in favor with 32 abstentions. Those countries that voted in favor of it hope that at least all the threats launched by Israeli leaders against states of the region are put into check.

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