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Saturday 22 September 2012 - 14:53
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Iran, Israel clash at IAEA meeting

By Pakistan Observer

GenevaIran andIsraelhave clashed at theannualmeeting of the UN atomic agency, furtherthrowinginto doubt a hoped-for 2012conferenceon creating a Middle East free of nuclearweapons.

In lively debates at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) gathering of its 155 member states, Iran said on Thursday thatIsraelshould accede to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty aimed at stopping the spread of nuclearweapons. At present the Israeli regime is the only non-party to the NPT [Non-Proliferation Treaty] in this region despite repeated calls by the international community, Ali Asghar Soltanieh, Irans envoy to the IAEA, said.

Peace and stability cannot be achieved in the Middle East while the massive nuclear arsenal of that regime continues to threaten the region and beyond, he said. Ehud Azoulay, the Israeli envoy, in turn pointed the finger at Iran and Syria, saying the most significant threats to the nuclear non-proliferation regime are those, that pursueweaponsunder the guise of their NPT membership.

It is Iran which represents the greatest threat to peace andsecurityin the Middle East and beyond, he said. No words in this room could distort the real facts behind Irans drive to nuclearweapons.AP


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