End double standards on nukes: Egypt
Published: Tuesday, 26 December, 2006, 11:25 AM Doha Time
CAIRO: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit called yesterday for an end to nuclear double standards, after the UN imposed sanctions on Iran for refusing to halt uranium enrichment.
“The negligence of certain Western countries over questions of non-proliferation, and the fact that they permit some states to acquire a nuclear capacity while preventing others from doing so, is nothing but double standards,” the foreign minister said in a statement.
“That must stop,” he added. “It is known that Israel has a nuclear capability that is not subject to any control by the International Atomic Energy Agency,” the UN’s nuclear watchdog in Vienna.
Israel has never officially admitted having nuclear weapons, but it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, and refuses to allow international inspections of its Dimona nuclear facility.
“The fact that some countries obtain peaceful nuclear technology, that they master some steps in making nuclear fuel … does not in any way mean they can be deemed to be ‘nuclear countries,’ because nuclear countries are those that have military nuclear capabilities,” the Egyptian foreign minister said.
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