Arab League: Israel's Nuclear Program More Worrying Than Iran

Arab states have vowed to quit NPT if Israel ever officially admits it has nuclear weapons.

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Arab League Chief Amr Moussa on Sunday urged U.S. President Barack Obama to raise Israel's ambiguous nuclear program onto the agenda for discussion, rather than focusing on Iran's contentious uranium enrichment.

According to Moussa, Israel's ambiguous nuclear policy posed more concern for Arab leaders than the program now underway in Iran.

The Arab League announced during a summit in March that member states would walk away from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty if Israel ever officially acknowledges it has nuclear weapons.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Rose Gottemoeller earlier this month called on Israel to join the NPT, a global pact meant to limit the spread of atomic weapons. Gottemoelle urged India, Pakistan and North Korea to sign the pact as well.

Gottemoeller declined to say whether Washington would take any new steps to press Israel to join the treaty and give up any nuclear weapons it has. Israel neither confirms nor denies whether it has what arms control experts assume to be a sizable atomic arsenal.

The remarks surprised Jerusalem officials, one of whom brushed off the NPT as having "failed to prevent any country that wanted to from obtaining nuclear weapons."

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