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Sat Nov 24, 2012, 05:40 AM

US says no conference on nuke-free Mideast for now

Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. says a proposed conference on banning nuclear weapons in the Middle East cannot be convened at this point because of current conditions in the region.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said in a statement released Friday that the U.S. will continue to work to create conditions that could result in a successful conference. But she cited political turmoil in the region and Iran's defiant stance on nonproliferation.

She says the U.S. supports the goal of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction. But she said such a conference should discuss a broad agenda of regional security and have some sort of consensus among the nations in the region on how to approach the conference.

The Associated Press reported earlier this month that the meeting, planned for Helsinki, Finland, before the end of the year had been called off. A diplomat, who demanded anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter ahead of a public announcement of the cancellation, said Israel had decided not to attend. Key sponsors had said that the meeting was possible only if all countries, especially Israel, would participate.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/us-says-no-conference-nuke-free-mideast-now

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Reply US says no conference on nuke-free Mideast for now (Original post)
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 OP
Agony Nov 2012 #1
byeya Nov 2012 #2
on point Nov 2012 #3
lsewpershad Nov 2012 #4
Poll_Blind Nov 2012 #5
Comrade Grumpy Nov 2012 #6
cstanleytech Nov 2012 #8
dipsydoodle Nov 2012 #7

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 06:38 AM

1. The usual pandering.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:21 AM

2. Why did they bother to ask the US? Likud speaks for this administration on things of this

 

nature.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 08:43 AM

3. Translation: We are not ready to force Israel to give up theirs

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Response to on point (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:02 PM

4. +1

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Response to on point (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:16 PM

5. +1

Truth.

PB

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Nov 24, 2012, 01:57 PM

6. Demonstrates the hypocrisy of the hysteria over Iran.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #6)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 07:34 PM

8. So you would be ok with Iran having nukes?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Nov 25, 2012, 05:11 AM

7. UK, U.N. hope Mideast nuclear talks take place next year

(Reuters) - Britain and the United Nations said on Saturday they hoped a conference aimed at trying to ban nuclear weapons in the Middle East could take place soon after the United States said it would not happen next month as originally planned.

If and when it happens, the conference is likely to be fraught as Iran and Arab states say Israel's presumed nuclear arsenal is the main threat to security in the region, while Israel and the West see Tehran as the main proliferation danger.

Western diplomats and others believe the conference would make little headway because of that fundamental difference in opinion - something the United States has described as "a deep conceptual gap".

However, Britain and the conference's other organisers, which include Russia and the United Nations as well as prospective host Finland, believe it is worth a try anyway and anti-nuclear campaigners would also like to see it take place.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2012/11/24/uk-britain-weapons-conference-idUKBRE8AN05O20121124

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