Israeli Nuclear Capabilities

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, June 7-11, 2010 Agenda Item 7

Ambassador Glyn Davies

Permanent Representative of the United States to the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations Office in Vienna

Mr. Chairman,

The United States regrets that this issue has been brought to this Board.

Singling out Israel for censure is in our view both counterproductive and inappropriate.  The United States remains committed to the universality of the NPT and the achievement of a Middle East free of all WMD and their means of delivery.  In our view, however, raising this issue can only serve to further politicize the IAEA and the technical nature of its work.  Unlike the other Member States whose programs are on this Board’s agenda, Israel has broken no agreements under the purview of the Agency.

A report is due by September from the Director General on implementing last year’s General Conference resolution, which we and many others opposed.  This rush to preempt his report leads us to question the motives of those insisting the issue be addressed now.

Mr. Chairman,

We are very much concerned that this agenda item represents a distraction from other pressing issues before the IAEA.  Premier among these is Iran, which stands in violation of its NPT and IAEA safeguards obligations and of resolutions of the IAEA Board of Governors and the UN Security Council.  Iran represents the greatest threat of proliferation in the Middle East and to the integrity of IAEA safeguards.  The Director General’s report of May 31st documents Iran’s compounding defiance and refusal to cooperate fully with the IAEA.

The Board must also maintain focus on Syria, which has stonewalled for two years since permitting the one visit to Dair Alzour by safeguards inspectors that resulted in the discovery of chemically processed uranium not of a type in Syria’s declaration to the IAEA.

Mr. Chairman,

The continuing and inappropriate focus of some IAEA members on a non-consensus agenda item singling out Israel does not form the basis for any prospect of a constructive approach.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.