IAEA invites Israel to join nuclear inspections treaty

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has invited Israel to join a global anti-nuclear arms pact and to place all its atomic facilities under his agency's inspections, an IAEA report said on Friday.

IAEA invites Israel to join nuclear inspections treaty

The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog has invited Israel to join a global anti-nuclear arms pact and to place all its atomic facilities under his agency's inspections, an IAEA report said on Friday.

The International Atomic Emergy Agency (IAEA) report said Director General Yukiya Amano met with Israeli leaders during a visit to Israel last month to discuss a push for the Jewish state to accept to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. However, Israeli PM avoided meeting with IAEA chief.

The issue is expected to be debated again at IAEA board and general assembly meetings later this month in Vienna. Amano's report was prepared for those meetings.

Western countries hit Iran with unilateral sanctions over its nuclear programme as Iran always points to what it calls "hypocrisy" of internationals actors over its nuclear programme it maintains peaceful.

Iran refers to nuclear-armed Israel in the same region that most experts estimate that it has at least between 100 and 200 nuclear warheads and often threatens the Islamic republic with an attack.

Turkey often calls for "fair" stance from global powers over nuclear activities in the region.

Earlier, Israel has repeated rejected international calls to sign Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty and open its facilities for IAEA perusal.


Agencies

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