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Kuwait criticises Israeli stance on nuclear weapons

Kuwait yesterday reiterated its vision to have a nuclear weapon free Middle East. The Gulf state's foreign ministry representative, Talal Al-Fasam, called for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to apply its mandate to implement nuclear safeguards in the region. He made his comments at the 60th General Conference of the agency.

Al-Fasam also addressed the Israeli standpoint on non-proliferation. He asserted that Israel must sign the Non-Proliferation Treaty.

The Kuwaiti official noted that that all countries in the region are signatories to and abide by the treaty while Israel persists in its refusal to do so. Indeed, he pointed out, Israel even refuses to open its nuclear installations to IAEA inspectors.

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