The UN nuclear watchdog’s 150 members have expressed concern over Israel’s nuclear arsenal, calling on Tel Aviv to renounce atomic weapons.
The motion came Friday at a general conference at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, where Arab states tabled a symbolic, non-binding resolution expressing concern about Israel’s nuclear program.
The resolution called on the agency to demand Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and place all Israeli nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA safeguards.
Western states initially attempted to prevent a vote on the resolution, arguing it would be counterproductive to single out Israel following the Thursday resolution calling on all Mideast states to renounce nuclear arms.
However, voting went ahead with 49 countries in favor of the resolution, 45 against it and 16 abstaining from vote.
The Israeli delegation said it “deplored” the resolution, saying it was aimed to “reinforce political hostilities and division lines in the Middle East region.”
It is the first time since 1991 that such a resolution has been adopted against Israel, the Middle East’s sole possessor of nuclear weapons.