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US cancels ME nuclear conference to protect “Israel” & over 100 NAM states support Iran’s program

US Cancels ME Nuclear Conference to Protect “Israel”

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US cancelled Friday a proposed conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East for fear that it would focus on “Israel”.

In her statement, US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland claimed that her country “regrets to announce that the conference cannot be convened because of present conditions in the Middle East and the fact that states in the region have not reached agreement on acceptable conditions for a conference.”

“We would not support a conference in which any regional state would be subject to pressure or isolation,” Nuland said, in a clear reference to “Israel”.

She further stated that “the United States believes that a deep conceptual gap persists in the region on approaches toward regional security and arms control arrangements.””These differences can only be bridged through direct engagement and agreement among the states in the region. Outside states cannot impose a process on the region any more than they can dictate an outcome,” the US official claimed.

It is worth mentioning that “Israel” possesses between 200 and 400 nuclear warheads. Moreover, it rejects all the regulatory international nuclear agreements – the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) in particular – and refuses to allow its nuclear facilities to come under international regulatory inspections.

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Over 100 NAM states support Iran nuclear energy program: Official

Press TV

Iran’s ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says more than 100 member states of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) have once again voiced support for Iran’s nuclear energy program.

“At the meeting of the NAM today (Friday), a five-page statement was passed in support of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear program and it will be read at the meeting of the [IAEA] Board of Governors next week,” said Ali Asghar Soltanieh in a Friday interview.

Soltanieh pointed to two previous NAM statements in support of Iran’s nuclear energy program over the past 10 years and expressed Tehran’s gratitude over the movement’s supportive stance.

He also called for further cooperation and unity among the NAM states.

Iran currently holds the rotational presidency of the NAM.

The United States, Israel and some of their allies have repeatedly accused Iran of pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran argues that as a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation treaty and a member of the IAEA, it is entitled to develop and acquire nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.

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