Turkey votes for nuclear-free Middle East resolution

Six countries, including Israel, the only country in the region having nuclear weapons, used abstained vote.

Turkey votes for nuclear-free Middle East resolution

Turkey voted in favor of a draft resolution on "making the Middle East a nuclear free zone" submitted by Egypt at the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) general conference held in Vienna.

The draft resolution was adopted with 120 votes in favor. No country voted against the draft resolution.

Six countries, including Israel, the only country in the region having nuclear weapons, used abstained vote.

Representatives of some participating countries, who made brief statements after the voting, welcomed approval of the draft resolution and reiterated the call that Israel should sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, which aims to limit the spread of nuclear weapons and open its nuclear facilities to security inspection.

However, Member states of the U.N. nuclear watchdog rejected an Arab-proposed resolution calling on nuclear-armed Israel to join a global anti-atomic arms treaty.

Israel, which most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads, would have to open all its nuclear facilities under the IAEA's perusal if it signed the NPT.


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