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Kuwait Says: All Nuclear Activities in the Middle East Should be under IAEA Safeguards System
11 : 14 AM - 20/09/2012

Vienna, Sept. 20 (BNA) - Kuwait has called for putting all nuclear activities in the Middle East including Israel, under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards system.
Addressing an IAEA conference here last night, Head of the Kuwaiti delegation ambassador Mohammad Al-Salal urged the IAEA to exert more efforts to verify all world nuclear facilities and programs are destined for peaceful purposes.

He regretted that while all Middle East countries are committed to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the safeguards agreement, Israel is still reluctant to sign the NPT, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

By possessing nuclear reactors, Israel poses a threat to the entire region, thus blocking efforts to create a nuclear-free Middle East, he regretted. In this context, he cautioned against Israeli recalcitrance that negatively affects regional security and stability.

But, he welcomed a call for holding an international conference late this year on how to establish a nuclear-free Middle East.

Al-Salal said his country considers the IAEA safeguards system an effective way for preventing the proliferation of nuclear weapons worldwide.

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