Qatar strongly calls on IAEA to supervise Israel’s nuclear reactors
Qatar said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should closely monitor Israel’s nuclear activities and supervise its nuclear reactors, stressing the urgent need to open the regime’s atomic reactors to inspectors.
Qatar’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and international organizations in Vienna, Sultan bin Salmeen Al Mansouri, made the comments during a session of the IAEA Board of Governors in the Austrian capital during talks on Israeli nuclear capabilities on Saturday.
The Qatari envoy stressed “the importance for Israel to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency regarding its nuclear capabilities and to open its atomic reactors to inspectors,” said an declaration by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar.
Mansouri’s remarks came in response to allegations made by the Israeli representative to the IAEA against Qatar.
He called on the Israeli envoy to “stop making incitement speeches and deliberately erasing facts, and not to avoid revealing the truth about Israel’s nuclear capabilities,” the statement added.
As part of its policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel neither confirms nor denies having nuclear weapons. However, the regime is widely regarded as one of the nine nuclear-weapon countries in the world.
The Tel Aviv regime is believed to have the only nuclear arsenal in the Middle East with around several hundred warheads.
“All Arab countries, including the State of Qatar, have acceded to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons [NPT] and adopted and accepted all international resolutions calling for the Middle East to be free from nuclear weapons, while Israel refuses to engage in these efforts, ”the statement added, quoting the Qatari envoy.
Israel has so far rejected global calls to join the NPT, refusing to allow international inspectors to observe its controversial nuclear program.
Mansouri, while addressing the issue of the Tel Aviv regime’s recent brutal aggression against the besieged Gaza Strip, further asked if there are any guarantees that Israel will not use its weapons irresponsibly in the future. , including the terrifying possibility of using nuclear weapons. “
The Israeli aggression was launched on May 10, after the enclave rose up to protest Tel Aviv’s escalations in the occupied West Bank.
Gaza’s health ministry said 260 Palestinians were killed in the Israeli war, including 66 children.
An Egyptian-brokered truce that took effect in the wee hours of May 21 ultimately ended the military confrontation of the apartheid regime.
The Qatari envoy also blasted “Israel’s behavior in its policy towards the Palestinians, its failure to respect international law and its use of all kinds of weapons to oppress the Palestinian people,” the statement said.
“The recent Israeli aggression on Gaza, and the excessive and disproportionate use of force against civilians and the destruction of civilian infrastructure, has angered world public opinion,” Mansouri further said.
He also urged the international community and its relevant institutions to support the goal of liberating the Middle East from nuclear weapons and to take practical steps to achieve this goal, based on its legal and moral responsibility, the statement added. .
Israel’s nuclear activities were discovered when whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, originally a technician at the Dimona nuclear power plant, delivered damning evidence of the regime’s nuclear program to Britain’s Sunday Times in 1986.