UN nuclear assembly rejects Arab push on Israel

UN nuclear assembly rejects Arab push on Israel
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man checks a myrtle branch for blemishes at a market in Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighbourhood September 15, 2013.

VIENNA - Member states of the UN nuclear agency on Friday rejected an Arab resolution singling out Israel for criticism over its assumed atomic arsenal, in a diplomatic victory for Western powers that opposed the initiative.

Arab states had submitted the non-binding resolution to the annual gathering in Vienna for the first time since 2010 to signal their frustration at the lack of progress in efforts to move towards a Middle East free of nuclear weapons.

Fifty-one countries voted against the text and 43 states for.

 

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