Statement: “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” (INC)

IAEA General Conference
September 17-21, 2012

Agenda Item 20

“Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” (INC)

U.S. Statement

Robert Wood

Chargé d’Affaires

U.S. Mission to the IAEA

Mr. President,

The United States regrets that the issue of Israeli nuclear capabilities has once again been brought before the General Conference.  Unlike several other Member States in the region, Israel has broken no agreements under the purview of the Agency.

The United States is firmly committed to the goal of a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction.  However, using meetings of the IAEA to single out Israel for censure will not take us one step closer to that goal.  In fact, it is a step in the opposite direction.  Repeatedly invoking this issue only serves to reduce trust and confidence among states in the region and to distract the Agency’s attention from serious issues of ongoing non-compliance by two other states in the region.

Thank you, Mr. President.