Resolution urges Israel to sign non-proliferation treaty 'without further delay'
UNITED NATIONS (AP) -- The UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved a resolution
Monday calling on Israel to quickly open its nuclear program for inspection
and backing a high-level conference to ban nuclear weapons from the Middle
East which was just canceled.
All the Arab nations and Iran had planned to attend the conference in
mid-December in Helsinki, Finland, but the United States announced on Nov.
23 that it wouldn't take place, citing political turmoil in the region and
Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation. Iran and some Arab nations
countered that the real reason for the cancellation was Israel's refusal to
The resolution, approved by a vote of 174-6 with 6 abstentions, calls on
Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty "without further delay"
and open its nuclear facilities to inspection by the International Atomic
Energy Agency. Those voting "no" 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. . . .