US Against Focus on Israel at IAEA
The US has warned the Arab states against renewing efforts to focus attention on Israel at an upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
US Ambassador to the IAEA Glyn Davies on Saturday warned "Arab ambassadors not to risk what they had achieved, by attempting to pass a new resolution condemning Israel" at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting and the 54th IAEA General Conference that is expected to begin next week.
Holding back the censure would encourage Israel's participation in an IAEA conference that is hoped to take place sometime in 2012.
He was referring to a statement release following the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference in New York, which urged Tel Aviv to sign the treaty and place all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.
The statement drew fire from the United States, which has always endorsed Israel's policy of "nuclear ambiguity" under which Tel Aviv neither confirms nor denies possessing nuclear weapons.
Former US President Jimmy Carter has said Israel has between 200 and 300 nuclear warheads, referring to Tel Aviv as the sole possessor of nuclear arms in the Middle East.
Washington's support has recurrently helped Tel Aviv evade high-profile condemnation.
US President Barack Obama has voiced Washington's strong opposition to "efforts to single out Israel."