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After the international community agreed to put pressure on Israel to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), the US president reacts by condemning the move.
In a statement issued on Friday, US President Barack Obama said the agreement reached at the 2010 NPT review conference singled out Israel with regard to a nuclear weapons-free Middle East.
"We strongly oppose efforts to single out Israel and will oppose actions that jeopardize Israel's national security," President Obama said.
He made the remarks after all 189 NPT signatories reached a deal for the establishment of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East following a month-long round of talks at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The 28-page statement by the NPT members called on all Middle Eastern states to attend a conference due to be held in 2012.
It also went on to highlight "the importance of Israel's accession to the treaty and the placement of all its nuclear facilities under comprehensive IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) safeguards."
Despite signing the agreement, Washington has sharply criticized mentioning Tel Aviv in the statement.
The reaction comes as Israel is widely believed to be the sixth-largest nuclear power in the world and the sole possessor of an atomic arsenal in the Middle East.
For 40 years, with the help of Washington, Tel Aviv has successfully prevented its undeclared arsenal of approximately 200 atomic warheads from becoming public.
Originally posted by CanadianDream420
I thought Obama was pushing them to press Israel??... The NPT is in no way singling them out.
Anyways... A middle-east that involves peace is a middle-east with no nukes. No nukes = No Israel, though.