IAEA Chief Amano has urged member states to find a way to implement the 2009 resolution on Israel.

International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano has urged member states to find a way to implement the 2009 resolution on Israel.

In a letter, Amano asked the foreign ministers of the 151 member states to share their views on how to persuade Israel to join the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and open up its nuclear facilities for inspection.

Amid renewed criticism of Israel from Islamic countries during the NPT review conference, which is currently underway at UN Headquarters in New York, Amano’s letter, which came to light on Wednesday, will definitely increase the pressure on Israel to fully disclose its unacknowledged nuclear arsenal.

On Tuesday, Islamic nations used the second day of the conference to call for the Middle East to be declared a nuclear weapons-free zone.

The Islamic countries also criticized Israel for not divulging its nuclear capabilities and refusing to sign the NPT.

Amano has asked member countries for advice on how best to persuade Israel to allow IAEA oversight of its nuclear facilities.

Amano’s April 7 letter came seven months after an IAEA annual conference, during which member states narrowly passed a resolution directly criticizing Israel and its nuclear program, with 49 of the 110 nations present voting in favor of the resolution, 45 voting against, and 16 abstaining.

The result was a setback not only for Israel but also for Washington and other supporters of the Zionist regime, which had successfully lobbied for 18 years to ensure that there was never a vote on a resolution against Israel, despite intense debate on the issue.

(source: Press TV)

One Comment

  1. rexw on the 07. May, 2010 remarked #

    Sadly, all the pressure in the world is hardly likely to move Israel on the NPT or UN inspections.
    With their control over the specialists of the veto, the United States of Israel, there is little chance they will budge on this matter and the US will bend over as it always does. Just another UN Resolution that will be ignored.
    Hard to see what function the UN performs in 2010 when all the resolutions can be ignored without any penalties or sanctions. I mean, they are happy to issue sanctions against the countries nominated by Israel through its powerful friends, but they ignore any resolutions affecting their own actions.
    Just one more hypocritical world body with little power and even less credibility.

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